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Posted on 07-27-2017
Every season comes with new risks for our four-legged friends, but summer is particularly dangerous for animals in the Lone Star State. From sunburn and dehydration to disease-carrying ticks and fatal heatstroke, pets suffer some pretty serious consequences when they’re not protected during summer weather. Here are some of the best ways to keep your pets protected from summertime’s greatest threats.
Texas summers are no joke, with numerous hazards for both pets and owners, owners have to be aware and proactive to protect their pets. Pets can get burnt paws from hot pavement, heatstroke from too much time in the sun, and sunburn from lack of skin protection. You probably know not to leave your pets in any parked vehicle (if not, this is an absolute no-no, even it’s just for a couple minutes and the car is running). But your pet can also get overheated, dehydrated, and even burnt from a walk through the neighborhood or an hour at the dog park. To keep your pets cool and hydrated on hot days, practice common sense.
When temperatures are soaring, only walk your dogs in the morning or evening, when it’s a little cooler and the sun isn’t shining directly overhead. And if your dogs must be outside when it’s hot and sunny, supply ample drinking water, retreat into the shade at least every half-hour and avoid hot surfaces that could burn your pet’s paw pads. Light clothing and sunscreen are also recommended, especially for pets with light colored fur. One more sun-sensitive tip: don’t shave your pets for the season! Their fur actually helps regulate their body temperature, and shaving is a double whammy because it exposes more skin to the hot Texas sun.
This summer, your pets are counting on you to keep them protected. That includes minimizing household and outdoor risks, but it also means keeping them vaccinated and preparing for the worst. Does your pet have a regular vet? Your fridge and phone should have contact information for a trustworthy veterinarian near Houston, and your pet should also have a consistent wellness regimen that includes regular exams, vaccinations, and parasite prevention.
At Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, we offer preventative veterinary care for ticks and mites, as well as treatments for existing injuries, infections, and infestations. Our veterinarians in Houston serve the greater Houston area, including Tomball, Cypress, The Woodlands, and King Wood. Contact us at 281-440-4441 to schedule an appointment with a Houston veterinarian who cares. We’ll help your pet have the safe summer they deserve.
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