Pet Wellness Tips for Avoiding Summer Veterinary Emergencies

We love summer here at Willard Veterinary Clinic. But summer, just like the other three seasons, has its shares of pet pitfalls that we need to avoid to keep our pets safe. In this blog, we list a few pet wellness tips to put into action so that you can avoid any emergency trips to our Quincy veterinarian.

Our Quincy Veterinarian’s Advice for Preventing Pet Emergencies This Summer

Stay Cool—pets with fur coats heat up much faster than humans, so pay very close attention to your pet’s comfort level on warm and definitely, hot days. If you notice your pet panting heavily, it’s time to move into the air conditioning if possible, or for some sprinkler or kiddie pool time. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh, cool water and a shady, breezy place to rest. Our Quincy veterinarian recommends exercising pets early in the morning or later at night. And never, ever leave your pet alone in the car!

Peevish Parasites: Warmer weather is prime time for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, but that is no reason to keep your pet locked up inside. Just make sure your pet is always current on his or her monthly dose of flea, tick and heartworm preventatives and check to make sure he or she is up-to-date on all vaccinations. It can be a good idea to bolster pet wellness with a Lyme disease shot because of the ticks in our area. Always perform a tick check after outdoor excursions too!

Leashes & Fences: In the summer, with more cars on the road, our veterinary clinic often sees an increase in pets getting hit by cars. Make sure that your dog is on a leash at all times when out and about. Keep leash-free time restricted to fenced yards or dog parks that are secured so that pets cannot escape into dangerous areas.

Water Safety: Pet owners that bring their pets around boats and docks may consider life preservers. Pets may be strong swimmers but like us can hit their head or shoulder falling off a boat or dock and be unable to swim.

Water Contamination: Be wary of pets drinking water contaminated with Leptospira bacteria. Wildlife sheds the bacteria in their urine while drinking on the edges of rivers, lakes,marshes, or puddles. As long as it can stay wet it can be contagious through the nose or mouth. If your dog drinks the water it can attack their kidneys or liver. We recommend vaccination if pets hike and go near water, although the cities report more and more cases through rat urine. Additionally, never let your pet drink or walk through dirty water with green algae floating on top. They can lick it off their coats and drink toxins produced by the algae bloom that can be lethal.

What other summer pet wellness tips can you think of?

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