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Dog Days of Summer

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:12 AM

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This weekend is the official start of summer and this is just a reminder that your pet may have special needs as the thermometer starts to rise.

Meera Nandial with the Houston SPCA offers these suggestions during these very hot days:

-Its best to leave your pet inside your air conditioned home.

-Never leave your pet inside the car. The inside of car can reach 120 degrees on a hot sunny afternoon.

-If your pets have to be outside make sure they have adequate shelter or shade with plenty of fresh water.

-Don’t drive with your dog in the back of a pickup truck. Its like a skillet during the summer and your pet could be ejected during an accident. Its best to secure your dog inside the vehicle in a pet carrier or harnes.

-On very hot days limit your walks to early or late in the day. The hot asphalt or concrete can burn the paws of your pet.

-Make sure your pet is on heartworm preventative. Here in Houston heartworms prevention is especially important due to the increased mosquito population.

-Fleas and ticks are also more common during the summer months. See your veterinarian about the right flea and tick products for your pet.

-Vaccinations are an important part of your pets overall health. Make sure they are up to date especially if they are going to be boarded during a summer vacation.

-Herbicides and pesticides can be fatal to most animals. Make sure they are dry before your pet comes in contact with your yard.

-Not all dogs are excellent swimmers. A strong rip current or undertow can drag a pet out into the gulf. Keep your pet near shore.

Have a safe and wonderfull summer.

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