As the Summer temperatures are starting to rise, it’s important to be sure your pets have unlimited access to water, and shade. Since parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and heartworms are more prevalent in this season, be sure to consult your veterinarian to obtain proper preventative products.
NEVER leave your pet in the car! Cars can overheat very, very quickly--even when parked in the shade, or with the windows down or sunroof cracked. In hot weather, putting your pet in this environment can be deadly.
Avoid walking pets on hot surfaces such as asphalt and concrete. Paws can be easily burned.
Place gardening insecticides and fertilizers out of your pets’ reach. Their curiosity may tempt them to consume these potentially poisonous mixtures.
Don’t use cocoa bean mulch. It has the same toxin found in chocolate which is a big no-no for your pets.
Take your pets out for walks during the coolest hours of the day. Give them ample time to rest before and after outdoor excursions.
Keep your vet’s phone number (804-360-3795) handy. Also keep the Poison Control number (888-426-4435) posted in a convenient location.
Enjoy the sunshine with your animals, but remain conscientious about decisions you make that affect your four-legged family members in hot weather.