Seasonal Safety Tips
Exercising and Beating the Heat
When the weather is hot, extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and dogs with thick coats. If it’s a hot day, take your walk early in the morning or in the evening when the sun isn’t as intense. Always provide plenty of cool water and a shady spot to rest in. You might want to fill a child’s wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in. Also dogs with short hair, white fur, and pink skin can get sunburned. Try to limit sun exposure and apply sun block to his/her nose and ears.
- Never Leave Your Pet In The Car
Even though your pet may want to go with you for a ride in your car, you have to be careful. During warm weather the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if it is parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets who are left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. Play it safe, leave your pet cool and refreshed at home while you are out doing errands. In addition, don’t put your pet in the back of your truck. Your dog could get hurt by flying debris, or if the driver has to brake or swerve suddenly, he/she could be thrown from the truck.
- Insect Bites
Fleas, ticks, spiders, bees, and wasps will bite your pet most commonly on the face, head, or inside the mouth. Reactions can include swelling, itching, redness, or a swollen face or muzzle. To help prevent some of these bites, remember to apply Frontline, Vectra and/or Revolution monthly. To find out more about these products CLICK HERE. Also check your yard for wasp and bee nests.
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- Repeatedly opening doors, to greet trick-or-treaters, can increase the chance of your pet running out. Keep an eye on his or her whereabouts at all times. If feasible, keep cats in a secure area or closed room when opening doors.
- Pets are naturally curious, and may be attracted to the bright lights of a candle's flame in dark areas. Dogs and cats could either burn themselves or knock the candle over, starting a fire.
- Candy or gum sweetened with xylitol is toxic and should be kept away from your pet.
- All forms of chocolate can be harmful to your pet, potentially resulting in poisoning or even pancreatic inflammation from the high fat content.
- Turkey, chicken, and other small animal bones are very different from the large bones you find in a pet store. These small bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give them to your pet.
- Your dog or cat will most likely become curious when he or she smells something cooking. Keep an eye on hot containers so that your pet does not tip them over and get burned.
- Holiday plants, such as Christmas rose, Holly Lilies and mistletoe, are all toxic to dogs and cats.
- Ribbons may look adorable, but placing a ribbon around your pet’s neck may cause them to choke.
- Older forms of Bubbling Lights may contain methylene chloride, which is a highly toxic chemical.
- Fine Salts contain chemicals that could be harmful to your pets.
- Angel hair (spun glass) can be irritating to eyes and skin, and could cause intestinal obstruction if eaten in large amounts.
- Stagnant Christmas Tree water or water containing preservatives could result in stomach upset if ingested.
- Decoration hooks can cause blockage and/or trauma to the gastrointestinal track if swallowed.
- Styrofoam can cause your pet to choke if swallowed.
- Ornaments can looks like toys to cats and dogs, but they can cause serious injury, especially if your pet breaks or swallows them.
- Tinsel can cause choking or internal trauma if swallowed.
- New Year’s party decorations, such as balloons and confetti, can cause your pet to choke or obstruct his or her intestines if ingested. Keep an eye on your pet when these items are around or move your pet to an area that is not decorated.
- New Year’s is typically a noisy holiday. Unfortunately, loud noises frighten pets and can cause them to run off. Keep your pet in a separate room, away from noisemakers, music, and other loud sounds that may startle them.
- If you park your car outside, make sure you check your engine to make sure a cat didn’t climb inside to warm up.
- After your dog has been outside, wash his or her feet free of any salt so your dog doesn’t get salt burns.
- During cold weather don’t leave your pet outside for long periods of time because he or she can get frostbite.