As summer approaches, many can’t wait to break out the flip-flops and bask in the sun. This also means lots of pets will be tagging along in outdoor adventures. Here’s some tips on how to keep them safe during this fun season.
Insects and Parasites
In May, millions of Brood X cicadas emerged from underground. This certainly caught the attention of many cats and dogs who love to chase after a buzzing pest. Although cicadas are not toxic, pets are at risk if they devour too many. The tough exoskeleton of the insect can be difficult to digest and cause GI obstruction. If you suspect your pet has eaten cicadas, keep watch for symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Fleas and ticks are a constant threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Always have an annual treatment plan such as Frontline Plus or Bravecto. Lyme disease, tapeworm, and skin infections can occur if no prevention is taken.
Food and Drink
Refrain from sharing ice cream, grapes, and avocados. They contain deadly substances. There are several healthy options for your furry friend to munch on at the family picnic. The most recommended are carrots, blueberries, green beans, and watermelon. Avoid adding any seasoning or condiments. If you’re looking for some fancy treats, check out Three Dog Bakery and Bourbon City Barkery.
Water is best! Do not allow your pet to drink alcohol, soda, juice, or any liquid left on the street. If you’re going to be away from home, bring a portable bowl to keep them hydrated with clean water.
Heat and Sun
Just like humans, pets are vulnerable to overheating and sunburn. Go on walks during the beginning or end of the day when the temperature is coolest. If you take them on a trip out to the river or beach, make sure there is drinking water and shade available.
If your pet has itching and redness, this a sign of sun damage. The most common affected areas are nose, ears, and skin around the eyes. Dogs with fairer skin and thin hair are more likely to experience sunburn all around the body. Use pet-friendly sunscreen or a UV protective shirt as a precaution.
If you live in the Louisville, KY area and have any further questions or concerns, you can reach us 24/7 at our Outer Loop location (502-966-4104) or Mon-Sat at our Fern Creek Location (502-499-6535).