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Posted on 04-12-2013

bigstock_three_dog_puppies_of_golden_re_16373183_1.jpgWith the summer season quickly approaching, thoughts of days on the beach and cool ocean water begin to enter our minds. While we are out and about enjoying the hot, sultry sun, we must not forget about the hazards summertime brings to our furry friends.

Just like we emerge from our houses in the warmer weather so do parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquito's. These blood-sucking pets are not only an annoyance to our pets, but they also carry diseases such as Heartworm, Lyme, West Nile Virus and Leptospirosis. Vectra, Heartgard, Revolution and Sentinel are just a few of the products that can be used to keep these parasites at bay. We at Eagle Animal Hospital recommend using these products all year round since these parasites are still present in the winter time, although not nearly as prevalent as summertime.

Baking in the sun feels good at the time, but the aftermath of sunburn is never fun. Just like us, pets can get sunburn. Cats and dogs with white fur around their face and ears, and hairless breeds are especially vulnerable to sunburn. Use sunscreen on areas where your pet's fur is thin and the skin is white or pink. You can use sunscreen made for humans, but there are sunscreens made for animals too. Ask one of our veterinary team members if you are interested in hearing about these products. Apply sunscreen cautiously to areas where your pet can reach and lick. If your pet is one that spends a great deal of time outside, you may want to consider buying an outfit with a sun visor or one that offers UV protection.

Heatstroke is a major concern for pets in the summer. Pets who spend a lot of time spring_1.jpgoutdoors should have plenty of fresh water and shade available at all times. Pets should especially stay out of the sun mid day (between 10 am and 2 pm), since the sun is most intense then. Walk and exercise your pets either early morning or late evening to best avoid sun exposure. Excessive panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, disorientation, rapid heartbeat, seizures, vomiting and lethargy are all signs of heatstroke.

Yes, it is fun to have your pet riding in the car while you run errands, but leaving your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked, is extremely dangerous. The inside of a car, even in mild weather, can get exceedingly hot in a short time. Parking in the shade or bringing them on a cloudy day does not make it okay. For your pet's sake, leave them at home.

If you have any questions regarding the tips above, please contact our office at 610-458-8789. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore, and surrounding areas.

Written by Alyson Kelly, veterinary technician

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