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Summer and vacation season can pose special problems for pets. Help keep your pet healthy and safe by following these simple tips.
Any pet can suffer from heat stress. However, particularly susceptible are:
Help Prevent Heat Stress By:
Some signs of heat stress are profuse panting and salivation, staring or an anxious expression, failure to respond to commands, warm dry skin, high fever, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, muscular weakness or collapse.
If your pet has heat stress, try to reduce his temperature by gradually immersing your pet in cool water, spraying him with cool water or applying ice packs to his head and neck. Then take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Bites and Stings
Bug bites can irritate your pet just as they can bother you! While some insect bites, like the gnats that are seen in early spring, may cause red circular areas on the skin of the belly, they are not itchy for pets like they can be for people. But biting flies can be very annoying and may cause open sores or scabs on the tips of the ears. Insect repellents work well to prevent fly strike for dogs that spend a lot of their time outdoors or at the cabin.
Some pets are allergic to insect bites and stings. Unusual swelling, especially around the head and muzzle, or hives can be an indication that your pet is having an allergic reaction. Contact your veterinarian immediately. While allergic reactions are not common, they can be quite serious.
When planning your vacation it will be necessary to decide on your pet's care and whether to leave your pet or take him along. Your pet's personality and the length and distance of your trip are important considerations in making this decision.
Leaving Your Pet Behind
Boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter are options if you decide to leave your pet behind. In either case, here are some general tips:
Taking Your Pet Along
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