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6 Cool Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy and Safe in the Dog Days of Summer.


Summer is here! Time for celebrations, swimming, hiking and all sorts of other fun! Just don't forget to take precautions for your pet when you bring them along for all your plans! 

  1. Fireworks and thunderstorms . Both are fun to watch for humans, but pets' reactions can be much more negative. For some pets, some calming music and a ThunderShirt is enough to make them relax. Other pets may need supplements or medications to help them with their anxiety. Talk to your veterinarian about your pets reaction and what approaches will be right for your specific situation. 

  2. Fireworks and Thunderstorms,Part 2 Regardless of your pets reaction to fireworks and thunderstorms, when they are happening, please keep your pets inside. More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day. It's also important to ensure your pets microchip information is current in case they do get out. 

  3. Parasites. fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. They're everywhere this time of year. Make sure your pet is up to date on all of their preventatives. 

  4. Allergies. Many pets get itchy this time of year with everything blooming. Frequent bathing and ear cleaning can greatly help your pet. If you continue to see excessive scratching, hives, or other evidence of allergies, call your vet. 

  5. Heat stroke. It is a life-threatening condition that can occur very quickly. Make sure your pet is kept in a cool place and always has water available. Do not leave them in a hot car even for a few minutes. Pets should also be monitored when outside in the heat. Its also important to test any asphalt you may be walking on to make sure it is not too hot for their paw pads. If you can't hold your hand on it for more than a few seconds, neither can your pet. 

  6. Water. Many pets love swimming and it is a great way to cool down. However, its important to pick the water they swim in carefully. If swimming in the ocean, make sure your pet doesn't ingest a large amount of salt water. If swimming in fresh water, make sure there are no blue green algae warnings, as this can be fatal to you and your pet. You can check this information through your state's department of health or environmental protection websites, a quick google of "Blue Green Algae Warning + your state" should tell you places to avoid.   

Enjoy your summer and use the tips above to keep your your pets safe, healthy, and happy during the hottest months of the year. O'Brien Vet Care wishes all of our clients, friends and all the furry family pets a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy summer!


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