National Pet Week: Keeping Fido Safe Outdoors

Author: Mosquito Squad

May 1-7 is National Pet Week! Our pets bring so much joy to our lives, which is why it’s important to make sure they’re safe from harm. With the warmer weather, we may be tempted to let our fur babies spend more time outdoors, but we must also remember that our pets are susceptible to outdoor hazards like sun-related injury, poisonous plants and pest-borne diseases. Here are some tips to think about this summer:

  • High temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion and life-threatening heat stroke. Make sure to provide cool, clean water and shade. Walk pets early in the morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Hot asphalt can burn paws!
     
  • Never leave pets in cars even if windows are partially rolled down. Temperatures in a car can rapidly reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. Leave Rover at home!
     
  • Keep pets clipped in the summer. Less fur helps keep them cool.
     
  • Follow pet recommendations for any fertilizer, plant food and/or insecticide applied to areas accessible to pets.
     
  • Protect your pets from Heartworm disease, which can be fatal in dogs and cats. Heartworms are parasites carried by mosquitoes that are prolific during summer. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for options on prevention.
     
  • Ticks are another common parasite active in warm weather. Ticks are not only annoying, but can carry very dangerous diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis.
  • Many plants can be toxic to animals. Below is a list of plants that could pose a danger to your animals:
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    • Azalea
    • Baby’s Breath
    • Cyclamen
    • Daffodil
    • Gladiola
    • Hosta
    • Ivy
    • Lilly
    • Milkweed
    • Morning Glory
    • Oleander
    • Rhododendron
    • Sago Palms
    • Tomato Plant
    • Tulip
    • Yews

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