Everyone is happy with the return of warmer weather . But the summer season can bring a lot of problems for our dogs and cats.
This week , we’ll share tips to follow, so you and your pet can spend the warm season in peace and security.
1. Cats and dogs are not the only ones who love the beautiful weather . During summer, snakes, skunks , porcupines and bats are present. When you walk with your dog or cat , especially in campgrounds or at the country , make sure your pet is on a leash and under your supervision at all times and bring a small plastic bag to pick up her small gifts.
2. Given that many more dogs and cats go outside during the summer, it is essential that their vaccination is up to date . Talk to your veterinarian.
3. It is important to protect our animals against parasites, heart worms (if the disease is present in your area) , fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites. Remember that many parasites can be transmitted to humans …
4. During the summer , please do not leave your pet in the car . Sunlight combined with closed car windows can quickly turn your car into an oven and the animals caught inside the vehicle quickly die of heat stroke.
5. Aside from automobiles, there are also dangers associated with the sun (UV and heat strokes to name a few) Remember that the sun can be harmful to animals as it can be to humans.
Given that animals have a natural protection against the sun’s rays . Sunburn and skin problems related to sun are rare in animals, but they are still possible . Particularly if the skin is pale, and if the hair is sparse . If you have a small white poodle and like to shave it very short : watch out for sunburn. Some breeds of dogs (such as Dalmatians and white Bull Terriers ) and many white cats are particularly vulnerable. Keep your pet away from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, when the sun is burning at its fullest (between 12 h and 16 h) . And remember that hair has insulating properties, that is to say, it protects the animal from the cold in winter and cools it off in the summer. The hair also naturally protects the skin against the sun.
6. In areas where mosquito density is high, a protection against mosquito bites and consequently against the West Nile virus and worm heart are needed. There are no non-toxic product miracles out there to keep mosquitoes from our pets but here’s a little trick . The recipe is quite simple : dilute 2 teaspoons of Avon Skin So Soft in one liter of water and apply this solution on the areas that may be pierced : ears bellies especially . Keep in mind that the effects quickly disappear and must be reapplied often . The other disadvantage of this is that our dog smells the scented fragrance (good for humans but annoying to pets:). Please do not use DEET because it can be very toxic if the animal licks the product.
7. To travel with your pet with car safety in mind : Do not leave windows completely lowered because the car may receive unwarranted visits from insects , dust and debris that can lodge directly into the eyes of your pet. Some dogs may also be tempted to jump out of the moving vehicle . By the way, do not drive with your dog free in the box of your truck for the very same dangerous reasons.
8. Everyone knows, most dogs love to swim , but the risk of drowning is still very present , especially with aboveground pools . So if you are lucky enough to have a pool , keep an eye on your dog when he goes outside .
Enjoy the season and spend quality time with your pet in the open air . We hope these tips will help you have a great and safe time.