Summer Pet Care Tips

Although it seems that the summer is quickly fading away we still may have a few months of heat to deal with.  Here are a few tips for keeping your pets healthy in the summertime.

- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.  Pets can quickly become dehydrated in the hot summer months.  Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water, and keep them indoors when temperatures are extremely high.

- Watch out for insects.  Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are prevalent during the summer, and can present serious health dangers to dogs and cats.  Make sure your pet is up to date on his or her preventative medications and check for pests after your pet has been outside.

- Scary sounds.  Fireworks, thunder and other loud noises can be scary and disorienting for your dog.  Talk to your veterinarian about treatment options for dogs that suffer from noise aversion.  

- Walk at strategic times.  Taking your dog for a summer stroll?  Go in the early morning or before sunrise when temperatures are lower.  Asphalt pavement and sandy beaches can get extremely hot and scorch your pet's paws when temperatures rise.  

- Traveling. Taking your pooch along on your summer travels?  Talk to your veterinarian about solutions for motion sickness in dogs.  

Thanks to Covetrus for providing these helpful hints!


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