Summer Safety Tips For Your Pet

Yay!  It is officially summer!  Here are a few pointers from Sault Ste. Marie Animal Clinic to help make sure it is a safe and healthy one for you and your pets:

Hopefully you and your pets will be out and about more enjoying the warm weather – now is a good time to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and parasite prevention.  Pets have an increased likelihood of encountering wildlife during the warmer weather (even indoor pets can get outside or encounter a mouse in the house)– for everyone’s safety please make sure your pet is adequately vaccinated for rabies.  There are a wide variety of parasite prevention products (ie flea, heartworm and intestinal parasite control) available – not all products are effective against all parasites. Click the links below to help decide which product will best suit your pet’s needs.

What Parasite Prevention Product Does MY Dog need?

What Parasite Prevention Product Does MY Cat need?

Hot days can be a killer!  Please sure your pet has adequate protection from the heat on hot days – shade and lots of water.  Plan exercise and activities early morning or in the evening during the coolest part of the day.  NEVER leave your pet in a parked car unattended!

It is ‘Thunderstorm & Fireworks Season’ Click the link below for tips on helping your pet cope.

Thunderstorm and Noise Phobias

It’s also ‘Porcupine and Skunk Season’ – keep pets on a leash when in ‘Porcupine & Skunk Country’.  Click the link below for more tips on what to do if your pet encounters a prickly cat:

Porcupine Pointers

Frequent swimming, sand and insect bites can make some pets more prone to skin irritations and hot spots – limiting swimming, rinsing off sand and dirty water, towel drying and using a good parasite prevention product can help (especially fleas).  Sometimes diet and supplements can help. Check your pet frequently for irritation.  Call us for more information. 

If your dog is going to a boarding kennel, we recommend a Kennel Cough Vaccination at least one week before entering the kennel.  

Check your pet frequently for ticks.  Ticks can carry serious diseases affecting  both people and pets.  Click the link below for what to do if you encounter one on your pet.

Dogs and Ticks

Water safety rules apply to pets too.   Do not leave pets unattended around a backyard pool and consider a life jacket if you take your pet out in a boat.

Watch out for potential hazards and toxins like rat poison and gardening/lawn products such as fertilizers or slug bait. 

Avoid the temptation to feed your pet ‘special occasion’ treats like barbecue and picnic items or leftovers.  Make sure they cannot access the garbage!

Summer is often a time of going new places for you and your pet – please make sure your pet is safely restrained and controlled – a $5.00 leash can save you hundreds of dollars in unexpected veterinary bills!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy summer – Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts!

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