The pandemic doesn’t discriminate against seasons! Summer is here, transitioning from colder weather to these warmer months can be challenging for your pets. We have put together a list of things you can do to prepare your pet for the season as you get ready to enjoy hikes, beaches, and the sun.
1. Vet Visits And Vaccines:
Summer brings wildlife, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas along with it. Vet exams can catch potential concerns before they get serious, and vaccinations make sure that your pet is protected from a wide range of diseases such as Rabies, Parvovirus, Distemper, Lyme, etc. This is what you can do to ensure your pet is protected:
- Make sure your pet is up to date with their core vaccines. Dogs should be vaccinated with Rabies, Canine Distemper, and Leptospirosis vaccines.
- Cats should be vaccinated with Rabies and Feline Distemper vaccines. Feline Leukemia Vaccine is also recommended for cats who spend time outdoors.
Some breeds and pets cannot handle the heat due to the thickness of their hair and coat. Either way, a good summer cut for all pets will help them feel light and comfortable, while also helping shed their winter coat. This will prevent them from overheating under the hot sun. Be sure to not give them a close shave, their coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.
3. Keep Up With Heartworm And Tick/Flea Prevention:
While your pet should be protected with heartworm and tick and flea medication all year round, it is of utmost importance that you stay on top of this regimen especially during the summer months.
Mosquitoes transmit heartworm, ticks can transmit various diseases like Lyme and Anaplasmosis and fleas lead to an entire array of problems such as dermatitis, allergies, tapeworm infections, etc. It sounds scary, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that all of this can be easily prevented with heartworm and tick/flea prevention.
Call our office today and talk to our team about the right kind of prevention for your pet! Ask us about Proheart, a single injection of heartworm prevention that protects your pet for a year!
4. Keep Your Pets Away From Toxic Products:
As you begin working on your yards, be sure to keep all harmful and toxic yard products such as insecticides, fertilizers, rodenticides, etc out of your pets reach. Keep insect repellants, candles, insect coils, and citronella products away from your pets.
Just like humans, pets also react to “allergy season.” External parasite and outdoor allergens can cause your pet to have symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itching, scratching, etc. If you are noticing your pet suffer from any of these symptoms or more, please make an appointment with your vet so they can help alleviate your pet’s discomfort before it gets any worse.
6. Get Your Pet Microchipped:
The more time your pets spend outside, the higher is the risk of them escaping or getting lost. Make sure your furry companion is microchipped and be sure to update the information if your pet already is, so they can be safely returned to you when found.
7. You know your pet might be overheating if your pet is showing some or all of the following signs:
- Extremely warm or hot to touch.
- Excessive drooling
- Increased heart rate
- Weakness or lethargy
- Heavy Panting
- Difficulty Breathing
- Diarrhea or Vomiting
- Excessive Thirst
Tips to prevent overheating:
- Provide a constant supply of fresh and clean drinking water.
- Access to complete shade while outdoors.
- Do not leave your dog alone in a parked car on a warm day
- Do not walk them on hot surfaces.
We at Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital wish you and your pet a happy, healthy, and safe summer. Please contact us at 201-646-2008 or visit us at www.meadowlandsvethospital.com