Spring Pet Care Tips

Spring has finally sprung, and with the longer days and warmer temperatures comes a long list of projects and travel plans, especially where our pets are concerned. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when caring for your pets this spring and into the summer months.

1. Keep Sunday Drives to a Minimum

Not only do those long country drives drain your gas tank and release unnecessary emissions into the atmosphere, but they could also be potentially hazardous to your furry friend’s health. Allowing your dog to stick their head out of a moving car window runs the risk of debris getting stuck in their eyes and the high winds can lead to ear infections.

And of course, you should never leave your pet in a parked car on warm days, even if the windows are cracked. The interior temperature of a car that is parked in the sun can reach up to 160 degrees! These dangerously high temps can cause brain damage as well as deadly heat stroke.

2. Stay Hydrated

It’s important to note that not all water is safe for animal consumption. Stagnant water often contains a variety of bacteria that could wreak havoc on your pet’s digestive system. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t let your pet drink it. So, if you’re planning a trip to the beach or going for a hike, make sure to bring lots of clean drinking water for fido.

3. SPF is a Must

Although many pet owners may assume that their dog’s fur keeps their skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays, dogs are also prone to sunburns, especially around the ears and nose. Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen is a great option for sun-loving dogs because it is safe if licked after application. Again, if you wouldn’t go outside without sunscreen then your pet shouldn’t either.

4. Lookout for the Yellow Signs

You know those small yellow signs that start cropping up in front lawns around your neighborhood this time of year? Those signs are left by lawn care companies to alert you to the presence of fertilizers and pesticides—chemicals that are incredibly dangerous when ingested. When your dog walks on chemical-treated grass, pesticide residue can get stuck in their fur or on their paw pads, causing it to be tracked into your home and threatening your pet’s health.

Follow these tips and you and your pet will have a happy, healthy spring season!

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Tara Tompson April 10, 2014 at 05:30 PM
We're taking our puppies camping this weekend! I think they are going to love it. I'll remember to not let them stick their head out the window. Tara | http://www.cherokeevet.com/services/


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