Summer is fast approaching here in Southern California and that means more time spent outside with your pet. Here are a few health issues that can easily be prevented with the proper precautions. Keeping your pet healthy and safe will make for more summer fun!
At Yorba Regional Animal Hospital we recommend Revolution for cats and dogs to prevent fleas, heartworm disease, ear mites, sarcoptic mange, and tick infestations.
Rattlesnakes are prevalent in our area and were out in abundance last year. Because they are camouflage hunters, people and pets who are bitten may not see the snake until it’s too late. Most dogs smell a rattlesnake well before they see or hear it. Yorba Regional Animal Hospital's Rattlesnake Avoidance Training helps your dog identify the danger and know to AVOID it. Rattlesnake bites can be deadly if quick treatment is not obtained. This treatment includes antivenin, which our hospital does have on hand for this kind of emergency. The bruising and subsequent skin sloughing that can occur after a rattlesnake bite is very painful and requires additional veterinary treatment.
DVM Multimedia offers a great infographic on what to be aware of during summer heat.
Additional things to think about are dehydration and sunburn. What are the symptoms and how can they be prevented?
Symptoms of dehydration include the gums feeling tacky to touch and/or the skin may become slow to return to its natural position when pulled up. To prevent this, it’s important to have clean, fresh water available for your pet at all times, in a container that can’t be tipped over.
A sunburn on a pet looks much like a human sunburn, and typically occurs in non-pigmented areas that have less or no hair – often the ears and nose in many breeds, or the underside of the belly. Try to keep them out of the sun from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s also important to avoid walks or hikes during peak heat.
For more information on keeping your pet safe during summer heat, visit AAHA.