From the Doctor
September has arrived but the hot weather is still with us. Remember to prepare your pets for their environment. Be sure to provide fresh water for your pets during these warm days when they are outside. You need to provide a shady area, which will help keep your pets cool.
We also need to consider other factors, which will keep our pets comfortable and healthy during the warm weather. The best prevention is to keep your pets on a monthly treatment plan for heartworms and fleas throughout the year. With the mild winter we have experienced, the fleas will probably be more severe this year. Washing the blankets and bedding on a regular basis will help keep fleas and ticks off your pets.
Our dogs love going to the dog park, but we need to make sure their vaccinations are up to date and they are free of internal parasites, fleas and ticks. It is also a good idea to take water for your pet with you when you visit the dog park. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog’s activity level, they are excited about playing with other dogs, chasing balls, and they may quickly become overheated.
It is important to recognize the signs of overheating in pets, such as profuse and rapid panting, bright red tongue, thick drooling saliva, wide eyes with a glassy look, lack of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, and coma.
If your pet becomes overheated, getting them cooled down must be done very quickly. Put your pet in cool but not cold water, move your pet if possible to air conditioning, and sponge them with cool water. You should offer small amounts of water every few minutes if they are conscious.
Remember, our cats also need vaccinations, heartworm and flea preventative, especially if they go outdoors.
The decorations we use to brighten our yards and homes as we prepare for summer gatherings can also be dangerous for your pets. Ribbons and balloons present great harm to your pets if ingested. Cats and kittens are especially prone to play with strings and balloons. Therefore, it is important to observe any straining after your pet has a bowel movement. Remember, do not attempt to remove any visible ribbon or string, as this may cause damage inside the colon.
We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you and your pet to assist in your pet’s needs for the summer.
- Dr. Wade