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Keep Your Pets Safe!

06/22/2010 07:53AM ● Published by Style

As summer arrives, we should be thinking of the ways it affects our companion animals and how we can keep them comfortable and safe.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • As we perform our summer car care and tune-ups, we often change the oil, add fluids and flush the radiator. Anti-freeze is a deadly poison to cats and dogs, even in very small quantities. Please keep your pets clear of containers and thoroughly clean up leaks and spills as soon as possible. If you think your animal may have ingested anti-freeze, in any amount, consult your veterinarian right away.
     
  • Increased temperatures can be uncomfortable and, potentially, dangerous for our furry companions. Animals without adequate shade and water are susceptible to heat stroke, especially those animals with shortened muzzles such as pugs, bulldogs and boxers. Make sure your pets are comfortable with plenty of cover and water always available. Mister systems and ice cubes are also very helpful and can make those triple-digit days more bearable. Remember, never leave any animal in a parked car as temperatures rise quickly and put your pet at risk for potential heatstroke and even death.
     
  • Lastly, don't forget the holidays. Independence Day is a day of celebration, however, the noise and fireworks may be very stressful on some animals. Cats may hide or dart through doors and dogs may also become escape artists and hurt themselves in the process. First, remember to have your animals adequately identified with tags and a microchip; these are the best ways to get your dog or cat back home if they get lost. And, during the holiday festivities, it may be best to bring your companion in the house where the noise volume is lessened and they will be more at ease. Sometimes placing the animal in a comfortable crate placed in a cool area with a thin blanket over it will also reduce noise.

Lastly, if you need further trips or other animal behavior advice, contact the Placer SPCA at 916-782-7722.

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