The Heat is On - Stay Safe & Cool
Published in the June 2012 Action Magazine
Wow - what a heat wave - welcome to summer! I'm going to take a brief reprieve on
Shiloh's Law and offer some summer safety tips for our pets. With the hot weather more of our furry friends are out and about - going on walks, to parks, the beach and this means more health risks. At our clinic we've seen a dramatic increase in the number of dogs being attacked by other unleashed dogs. My own personal experiences in my neighborhood have forced me to walk only one of my dogs at a time so that I can have better control when unleashed dogs attack (sounds like a horrible reality show doesn't it?).
Please do not assume that it's ok to let your dogs run free - you are not only risking your dog's life but putting others at risk too. We've seen small dogs and large dogs come in with injuries ranging from a few cuts & puncture wounds to severe cases where a dog's upper jaw was almost completely torn off and the dog had to have extensive surgery, drain tubes, a feeding tube, etc.
The fights between dogs are just one aspect of not properly containing your dog on a leash or in a fenced in area. Unleashed dogs are also at risk of being hit by a car and we've seen plenty of these heart wrenching cases in the past few weeks with often devastating consequences for the pet owner. For everyone's safety, when you have your dog outside, please make sure you have it on a leash or in a fenced in area.
Summertime also brings other potential safety and health hazards for our pets so here are a few tips Never leave your pet in a car in the summertime - even for a minute! Cars heat up fast - even with the windows cracked. This can lead to heat stroke and even death.
Â· If your pet is outside make sure they have adequate shelter from the sun and inclement weather and fresh water available at all times.
Â· Watch out for anti-freeze - this is a year round hazard for pets. In the warmer temperatures, cars can overheat and leak antifreeze which is inviting to pets due to its sweet smell but is extremely toxic. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Â· Keep your dog away from chemicals - bug repellent, pesticides, and other chemicals are poisonous to dogs.
Â· Protect your pet against parasites! Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes (which carry potentially deadly heartworm disease) are prevalent in the summer months. Make sure your pets are protected - talk to your veterinarian about monthly preventatives.
Summertime brings so many opportunities to spend time outside with our pets but remember that many of the pet illnesses and emergencies can be prevented by taking the necessary precautions ahead of time.
As I mentioned last month, I am organizing a local Animal Welfare Group, enlisting the help of individuals and humane organizations in
Kenosha who want to help make positive changes in our animal welfare laws. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact me at (262) 658-3533.
Shannon Adamczyk, Office Manager