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.