Summer Pet Safety

Your pet is a part of your family, and their wellbeing is just as important as any other family member’s. Every season has its share of dangers for our pets, and we want you to be prepared. While the heat is always our primary concern, there are other hazards your pet might run into. From harmful bacteria found in lakes, rivers and ponds to severe thunderstorms, it helps to be aware of possible safety risks and plan ahead for them.

Protect Your Pet from the Heat

Consider your pet’s fur coat and minimal sweating abilities—they cannot keep cool as easily as we can, and therefore overheat more quickly. If the day’s temperature is going to exceed 75 degrees, walk your pet in the early morning or evening when the sun is lower and the ground is cooler. Most of all, don’t bring your pet along on errands that may involve leaving them unattended in your car. The inside of a parked car can become unbearably hot in minutes.

The bottom line: keep your pet cool and hydrated at all times. Even on a mild day, your pet can suffer from heatstroke. If they’re panting heavily and appear disoriented, they could be showing early signs of heatstroke, and need to see a doctor immediately.

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Bacteria and Parasites

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can cause a lot of trouble for your pet. Mosquitoes can spread heartworm disease and ticks can transmit Lyme disease to animals as well as humans. However, they aren’t the only threat. Standing bodies of water, be they lakes, ponds, rivers or puddles, may contain harmful bacteria and parasites as well.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is spread through the infected urine of an animal, and can often be found in or near bodies of water. Giardia is a parasite commonly found in water that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected animal. This protozoan parasite can also infect humans.

Never let your pet drink from lakes, ponds, rivers and puddles. If they waded through or played in water, be sure to rinse them off afterwards.

Thunderstorm Safety

Thunderstorms can make noise-averse pets extremely fearful. Some pets will try to run away to escape the noise, which could result in them getting lost. Make sure your pet is microchipped so they can be traced back to you more easily, and keep doors and windows secure. We also recommend taking proactive measures to keep your pet calm when a storm is on its way. Contact us at (517) 332-2511 to find out what you can do to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety in highly stressful situations.