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Summer Safety Tips: Warm Weather Tips & Parasite Prevention

As Texas spring turns into summer temperatures continue to rise, and with that so does the risk of heat stroke and encounters with pesky parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

Read on for a few tips and reminders to keep your furry friends cool and protected in the summer heat!

Beat the Heat

Pets can get dehydrated very quickly, so make sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water -all the time.  If your pet is going to be outdoors, make sure he or she has a shady place to rest out of the sun.  It’s also important not to over-exercise your pet over the summer months. Just like a car, you pet can overheat so the best times for walks are at dusk and dawn. When walking, try to keep your pet on the grass as much as possible as asphalt and concrete get extremely hot and can burn your pets paw pads very quickly.

Warning signs your pet has been affected by the heat:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness
  • Stupor or even collapse
  • Seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea and vomit
  • Elevated temperature

Animals with flat faces, such as Pugs, Pekingese, and Persian Cats, are even more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively.  Senior and overweight pets are also more susceptible and should be kept in an air-conditioned room as much as possible.  A parked car can quickly have a heat index in the 100’s even if the windows are down.  Leaving a pet in a parked car during the summer can lead to a fatal heat stroke.

The Great Outdoors and Parasite Prevention

  • The grass is growing and the bugs are crawling, so you may be using lawn and garden insecticides and bait to kill critters before they come in your home. These things can be harmful to dogs and cats if ingested. Make sure to keep them out of reach and follow the manufacturer instructions before allowing your pet out onto a lawn that has just been treated.  Things like citronella candles, oils, and insect zappers need to be kept away from pets as well.
  • Keeping your grass short can minimize weeds and reduce the number of parasites in your yard.
  • Keep your pet on heartworm and flea/tick prevention all year round- the best protection is prevention! Call us today to learn more about prevention options for your pet.

We at Austin Vet Care hope that everyone has a safe and happy summer! To learn more about summer pet safety tips or to schedule an appointment with us, call 512-961-3095.

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