(NAPSI)-The passing of the dog days of summer doesn’t necessarily mean an end to hot weather-and smart pet owners know they have to keep their cool and keep a watchful eye on their four-legged friends. The warm weather months present a number of specific threats to pet health that, with vigilance and planning, you can easily prevent.
- Never, under any circumstances, leave your pet alone in a car on a warm day. Even with the windows open a bit, the car can become dangerously hot in minutes, causing heat stroke and even possibly death to your pet.
- Will your pet be spending a lot of time outside in the yard? Be sure he has plenty of cool water and a shelter where he can retreat from the heat of the sun.
- If you’re planning any outdoor entertaining this summer, plan to have plenty of receptacles available for guests to discard their glasses and other potentially harmful containers. This will prevent your pet from stepping on broken glass or sharp edges of cans that can cause serious injury.
(NAPSI)-More and more families are taking their pets with them on car vacations these days.
To help pets and owners get the most out of the experience, the experts at Animal Planet teamed up with Suzuki to offer these tips on traveling safely with pets.
Ten days before departure, pet owners should take their pets in for a physical, inoculations and rabies and health certificates. Vacationers should also confirm that their destination permits pets.
Packing for your pet requires careful planning. In addition to travel papers, bring food, bowls, leashes, a pooper-scooper, a litter pan, plastic bags, grooming supplies and medication. A favorite toy or pillow can give your pet a sense of familiarity. A pet first aid kit, available at pet stores, is another must.
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month
(NAPSI)-Many people don’t realize that cats and dogs are as vulnerable to cancers as humans and that proper veterinary care can help ensure your pets get the treatment they need.
Pets develop the same types of cancers as people. Dogs, for example, are 35 times more likely to develop skin cancer than humans, four times more likely to get breast cancer, eight times more likely to succumb to bone cancer, and twice as likely to develop leukemia. Insurance claims show lymphosarcoma and skin cancer as the most common pet cancers.
“Dog and cat owners should take their pets in for annual checkups,” Dr. Carol McConnell of Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) suggests. “Clinical signs of cancer can present themselves in dogs and cats at a very rapid rate.”
Dog owners are taking heartworm infection advice to heart.
(NAPSI)-With mosquito season here, many of America’s 63 million dogs will be exposed to deadly canine heartworm disease this year. While this lethal threat is preventable, studies released by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Heartworm Society (AHS) estimate that tens of millions of dogs are not on a heartworm preventative, leaving them needlessly at risk for this potentially fatal disease.
Canine heartworm disease is a serious and life-threatening parasitic condition in which immature heartworms migrate to the heart and lungs, where they develop into adults and cause disease. These dangerous parasites are transmitted by mosquitoes, thereby putting many dogs at risk.
The American Animal Hospital Association’s Compliance in Companion Animal Practices’ study, released last summer, revealed that 66 percent of the nation’s dogs were not given heartworm preventatives according to veterinary or label recommendations, despite the fact that 81 percent of all dogs reside in states where heartworm disease is prevalent.
By Antigone Arthur
Thanks to modern technology consumers now have the choice of buying medications for their pets online. But is it safe? The FDA has often warned consumers about buying prescription medications online. The good news is buying medication for your pets online is very safe. When you buy pet medications online, you get the same quality products from the same manufacturer as the ones you would from your vet’s office. Online vet medicine providers will not provide you with “knockoffs” that may risk your pet’s health. Rest assured you will get the right medication for your beloved pet as long as you order the correct dosage for your pet’s weight and/or age, etc.