(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.
- Loud music and a boisterous crowd may become overwhelming for some pets. During parties, it’s a good idea to designate a safe place for your pet to escape from the festivities.
- Warm weather can often mean an increased number of fleas. Be sure that your pet is on a year-round flea control such as Program® (lufenuron) Flavor Tabs® to ensure that he is protected from flea populations.
- Do not over-exercise pets in hot weather and always bring fresh water if taking your pet out for exercise. Use the water for drinking as well as for cooling off your pet. Moistening your pet’s paws is a good way of cooling them.
- Curious pets have been known to stir up trouble by exploring or accidentally falling into hives or nests. To prevent painful and potentially serious stings, frequently check patio furniture and other common nest habitats, and always keep a close eye on your pet when outdoors.
- If you’re going to take your pet on vacation, plan ahead and be prepared. When making your hotel reservations, always make sure that animals are welcome where you are staying. Also identify an emergency veterinary clinic near your destination.
- When vacationing with your pet, it’s also a good idea to bring Capstar® (nitenpyram) Tablets along. Capstar will quickly get rid of any adult fleas that your pet may pick up.
A safe and healthy pet is a happy pet. So be sure to keep your pet’s special needs in sight this season and everyone will be sure to enjoy the great outdoors.
It’s important to take precautions to make sure your pet stays cool during the warm weather.