Hey, pet owners. Dr. Hagedorn from Bramer Animal Hospital here to remind you about the dangers the summer can pose to your pets. Pets can’t keep as cool as we do (they don’t have near as many sweat glands!), and they’re also way more likely to encounter pests and the nasty diseases they pass along from April to October. Follow these tips to keep your four-legged family members safe this time of year.
- Overheating can cause serious health problems. To keep pets cool, provide them with plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. Never leave pets in the car on a warm day, even if it’s only 70 degrees outside, as vehicle interiors heat up to dangerous temperatures incredibly quickly. When possible, keep pets indoors in cool, air-conditioned areas. And don’t over-exercise your pet! Outdoor activity is more taxing on your pet’s body when it’s hot outside.
- Check your pet’s microchip before leaving for vacation and before spending lots of time outside. You should update your pet’s registration anytime you move, but if you’re not sure if the information is up to date, it’s a good idea to check it before your outdoor excursions become more frequent.
- Keep up on flea and tick preventative medications. Fleas, ticks and heartworm-transmitting mosquitoes are out in full force this time of year, so preventative medications are a must.
If you’re ever concerned about your pet’s health—any time of year!—give us a call at 847-563-3158.