Fireworks summer vet pet care tips

Some pet care may seem self-evident, but we still like to remind everybody of the basics when it is summertime and you have other things on your mind.

  1. dog-on-a-hikeNever leave a dog or cat in a hot car. Just like with children, leaving your pet in a hot car can quickly have consequences for the animal.
  2. If you wouldn’t walk barefoot on the pavement, neither should your dog. Summer temperatures in July can result in second degree burns on your animals feet. (The same is true of trail hiking with your dog. Make sure the trail is not too hot.)
  3. Make sure you pets have LOTS OF WATER available. Dogs don’t sweat, so make sure they have access to plenty of water.

Change up your routine. Temperatures have been reaching their hottest right at 5:00pm. Take advantage of the cool early morning. Even with the heat, we’ve been cooling down at night. During the hottest parts of the year, try walking your dogs in the morning.

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FIREWORKS AND YOUR PETS

Your pet can become very distressed when fireworks and people cause a commotion. If you are entertaining and or celebrating with fireworks this Summer, don’t forget about your furry friends.

  1. Your pet needs a quiet, safe place to be during the festivities. Make them comfortable with some extra pillows or blankets to help reduce the sound around them. If this is not possible, look into letting your pet stay elsewhere during your activities. Let them stay with a friend or think about boarding your dog for the night.
  2. Keep you dog out of the line of fire. It will be your dogs first instinct to chase after fast moving objects. It’s best to keep your dog away from ALL FIREWORKS activities.
  3. WATER – We can’t stress enough, keep your pets hydrated while they are outside in the heat enjoying the day with you.