Summertime is just around the corner, and pets and their families are gearing up to enjoy the sunshine, but, unfortunately, troubling situations for pets occur more frequently outdoors. Look out for the most common summertime emergencies and take appropriate steps to prevent your pet from falling victim to these hazards.
When the kids are out of school for the summer, the additional daily activities can cause chaos. Your front door may seem like a revolving door, with your family in constant motion, packing more fun and excitement into the longer days. With all the coming and going, a pet can easily slip out and bolt into the street. Tragic accidents occur in a split second, since many pets do not survive a tangle with a moving vehicle. Take the following steps to ensure your pet’s safety and prevent terrible injuries, such as head trauma, broken bones, and internal bleeding:
If a car strikes your pet, we’re here to help. We are available for any emergency from 8 a.m. to midnight every day, and we have clinical staff who work around the clock if your pet requires overnight hospitalization.
With the nicer weather, more dog owners allow their pets to burn off energy at dog parks, where dog fights are a common occurrence, often triggered by:
A dog park may be appropriate if your dog is friendly, social, and doesn’t become overwhelmed with excitement, but many dogs become anxious in this high-intensity setting, and scuffles result. Consider avoiding dog parks in the following situations:
If dog parks are not ideal for your pet, consider hiking trails for exercise and enrichment.
Most pet owners are aware of the dangers of excessive heat, but pets suffer from heat stroke every summer. Your pet will be at risk of heat stroke if she is:
Avoid the potential for heat stroke by avoiding outdoor play during the heat of the day and walking early in the morning or late in the evening. Signs that your pet requires immediate veterinary care due to heat stroke include:
Summer is full of tempting hazards for pets, from barbecues and cookouts, to lawn chemicals and pesticides. We commonly see pets present with vomiting, diarrhea, and painful abdomens due to dietary indiscretion. Pets routinely run afoul of the following summertime hazards:
Keep your pet away from the potential perils of ingesting a foreign body, eating inappropriate food, or poisoning by sticking with fresh veggies and lean meats for snacks, and preventing contact with hazardous chemicals.
We see an increase in lacerated pets when they spend more time outdoors. Pets can suffer from scrapes and cuts while out hiking in the woods, from running into fences or sharp lawn implements, or from broken glass on the sidewalk. Your pet’s hair often hides the extent of the laceration, which may seem mild until the fur is clipped away and the wound exposed. We have seen pets with broken branches or pieces of mulch stuck under the skin, when the laceration appeared to be minor. Call our hospital if your pet is injured so we can judge the severity and determine the appropriate treatment.
We offer emergency and critical care services seven days a week, so our team is always available to care for your pet. Give us a call if your pet gets into a scrape or snatches corn cobs or barbecued ribs from the picnic table.