Summer means getting outdoors, getting on the road, and getting your barbeque on—but there are also risks for your pet. Here are some tips to make sure you and your furry friend have the best summer ever!
• Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip. On a sunny 70o day, your car can heat up to over 100o in minutes. Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch.
• Don’t let your dog drink lake or river water. Water from these sources are often full of bacteria that can cause illness. If there’s a bloom of blue-green algae, your pet could be at risk of liver failure and nervous system damage if they ingest it.
• Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little bloodsuckers after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease.
• Barbeque is tasty, but cooked meat bones often splinter and become hazards if swallowed. Other summer foods for your pets to steer clear of include grapes, which are very toxic for dogs, and corn cobs, which can cause intestinal blockage.
• Taking the pets on a trip? Health and/or travel certificates from an accredited veterinarian may be required. Our veterinarians can issue those and ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel.
• Fireworks are fun for us, but the racket is terrifying for many pets. Keep them inside, with calm music or white noise on. If you think your pet may need medication to deal with the noise on July 4th, make an appointment with your Research Boulevard veterinarian now online or by calling (512) 402-7332.
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Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. We hope you and your family enjoy the holiday!