Summer is in full swing! Here are a few of the dangers that summer poses to our pets, and how to safely avoid problems for your pooch and kitty. Don't let your pet become an unfortunate patient at an emergency vet in Virginia Beach! While our Virginia Beach veterinary hospital is capable of seeing your pet in an emergency, we'd rather to see you and your pet for healthy checkups under happier circumstances.
Who doesn't want to be around the refreshing water in the summer? Even though you think your dog may be an excellent swimmer, the water can pose hazards. It takes only a small amount of water aspirated into the lungs to cause a serious situation.
Algae can also be toxic to your pet. Become familiar with what an algae bloom looks like and avoid the waters at this time.
Heat stroke is frequently fatal yet it is 100% preventable! Cats and dogs simply can't handle the heat as well as people can. Don't leave pets outdoors on very hot days and NEVER leave a pet in the car for any length of time.
Pets paws can be burned on hot sand or asphalt. If it a very hot day, of your pet will be on these surfaces for an extended period of time, consider protective booties, or simply leave the pets at home.
Yes, cats and dogs can suffer from sunburn. Their bellies, ears and top of muzzle are the most vulnerable. Pets with light colored fur, and those with minimal fur are even more vulnerable. There are some commercially available dog sunscreens, as well as UV protective clothing. You may just reconsider taking pets out in the hottest part of the day.
Snail and slug baits often used in gardens contain an ingredient that causes neuromuscular dysfunction. The bait is formulated with molasses to attract the slugs, and unfortunately that is what may attract your dog to it as well. Keep your pets out of the garden and use alternative means of slug and snail control.
Ethylene glycol is used in antifreeze and coolants. Ethylene glycol can lead to kidney failure and death. There are safer propylene glycol based alternatives you can look into for your car.
Everyone heads outdoors in the warmer months, both people and pets. Hit by car cases occur more frequently in the warmer months. Check all the fences around your property. Keep cats indoors and dogs on a leash.
Are you familiar with High-Rise Syndrome? For those of you in apartments and condos, please learn about his common and unfortunate summertime emergency. Your pets can be severely injured falling from your balcony, even if you are on a on a lower floor. Take precaution on your balconies.
Animal bites are painful and they transmit disease. Even bites that don't seem serious, can pose serious health risks. Infections can lurk under the skin and escalate to a trip to the emergency room.
Keep your pets indoor during fireworks. In addition to risk of injury from the explosive material itself, each year
It may take only a few preventative steps on your part to ensure a safe summer for your pets.