As we celebrate Dads, Grads and the end of the school year, you may be finalizing plans for your summer vacation. If you own a pet, there are a few things you want to keep in mind or take care of before the summer begins.
Pet Vaccine Reminder
Whether you are traveling with your pet or planning to board your pet while you are away, remember that airlines and boarding facilities have strict polices and require health records and/or proof of vaccinations.
If you are traveling by car with your pet over state lines, most states require an interstate health certificate signed by your veterinarian.
Before you travel, please schedule a visit to your veterinarian to ensure vaccines are up-to-date, that your pet is healthy and free from infectious disease, and obtain the necessary health certificates for your pet.
Summer Tips To Help Keep Your Pet Cool
Heatstroke is a common danger for dogs and cats because they cannot cool down by sweating the way humans do.
Dogs will continue to overexert themselves when playing and exercising.
In heat and high humidity, play time can quickly turn to heatstroke. Heat stroke can occur in all pets but is seen most often in out of shape pets, pets that are unaccustomed to the heat and short-faced breeds like bulldogs, pugs, or Pekingese.
Follow these tips to help prevent overexertion and heatstroke in pets:
Even though you are taking every precaution to keep your pet(s) cool, there are certain breeds that are simply more susceptible to overexertion and heatstroke. So keep your eyes peeled for the following signs or symptoms of overheating:
If you notice these symptoms or suspect heat stroke in your pet seek veterinary attention immediately! If you are close to our animal clinic at Alden Bridge, Cochran's Crossing or Indian Springs, give us a call to make an appointment for your pet or let our front desk staff know if it is an emergency situation.