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Saturday, June 1, 2013

5 Safety Tips to Protect Your Pets This Summer

Owning pets is a big responsibility. Summer brings more responsibility to protect our pets from some of the dangers that summer brings, such as increased exposure to people food, hot temperatures, heartworm, exposure to insecticides, and more. Here are 5 safety tips to help ensure your pets enjoy their summer, too.

Tip #1 - Protect your pets from heartworm, fleas and ticks.
Heartworm is a disease that comes when mosquitoes who have bitten an infected animal bite your pet. It can cause damage to the heart, lung and other organs in dogs and cats and even cause death. Animals should be tested by the veterinarian in spring or early summer. Heartworm medicine is available, as well as products that will control nasty fleas and ticks on your pets. Ticks are especially dangerous as they can cause lyme disease in both pets and humans that can spread to various organs in the body.

Tip #2 - Protect your pets from heat and humidity.
If you think it's hot outside, so does your pet. Animals can suffer dehydration just like humans, so its important to provide plenty of shade and water if your pets are outside. Never ever leave your pets in the car for an extended period of time in the summer heat. Inside temperatures can quickly rise above 100 degrees and lead to death by heat stroke.

Tip #3 - Protect your pets against chemicals.
Summer lawns are often treated with dangerous chemicals to prevent weeds. Cats especially are prone to eating grass. Keep your pets out of areas that have been sprayed or treated. Other summer dangers include chemicals used to get rid of ants, mosquitoes, spiders and rodents are deadly substances if your pet ingests them.

Tip #4 - Protect your pets against food.
Summer may be a great time for picnics, but picnic food is for people only. According to U.S. News and World Report, the most dangerous foods for pets include chocolate, sugarless gum, alcohol, yeast dough, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, caffeine, fat trimmings, bones, raw eggs, and milk. Many of these foods can be identified at summer picnics in one form or another.

Tip #5 - Protect your pets from fireworks.
Only people get a bang out of summer fireworks. Not only do fireworks contain dangerous toxic substances like potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and heavy metals, but they can burn if they explode near your pet. Although some pets seem to tolerate the noise, many other pets can suffer trauma.

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