Posted on June 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, Jun 12 at 5:23 PM
Dr. Cary Waterhouse from Lake Union Veterinary Clinic and the KING 5 Pet Dish blog's Pet Vet, shared tips to help pave the way for a happy and healthy summer for our pets.
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Here are more tips from Dr. Waterhouse:
Tips for a happy/healthy summer with your pets:
1) An ounce of prevention... Dogs and cats should be on an approved (that means recommended by your veterinarian) parasite preventative. Look for products that cover fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites (worms) and heartworm (especially if travel outside Western WA is planned). Not all products are created equal, and some could even harm your pet if used inappropriately.
2) Hot dogs are for baseball games... DO NOT leave pets unattended in your car. Not even for a second. Just don’t do it.
3) The back yard salad bar (or buffet line)...
a. Many ornamental plants and garden products can be harmful/fatal to your pet.
VERY bad: Foxglove, Lily (cats), Japanese Yew, Morning glory, Sago palm
BAD: Hydrangea, Azalea/Rhododendron, Bulbs et. al (tulip, iris, garlic, daffodil
(Link to poison plant database: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/)
b. Pesticides and Fertilizers
i. Rat and mouse poisons
ii. Slug and snail bait (metaldehyde)
c. Decomposing compost.
4) Be a cool cat... Or dog.
When temperatures soar, make sure your pets have plenty of access to shade, fresh water, and monitor their exercise. Overheating and heat stroke can be deadly!
5) ENJOY the SUMMER! Share your family outings with your pet, but be sure to plan ahead:
a. Travel? Get necessary travel documents from your veterinarian
b. Fireworks phobias? Discuss treatment and behavior modification with your veterinarian.
c. Even if traveling by car – be sure to pack plenty of fresh water and extra food. And plan to take lots of ‘pit stops’ too!