Pet Care Health Tips or How Not to Turn Your Pet Pink

The sun is out, it’s finally warm and you and your pets are ready to frolic outdoors.  While you’re out there having fun, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and safe.

Some of our favorite pet friends spend a fair amount of time sticking their noses into somebody else’s business… namely Mister Skunk’s.  If they have an encounter of the smelly kind, skip the tomato juice.  It barely makes a dent in the scent and you end up with a pink pet!  Instead, head to the store for two quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide, a half cup of baking soda, and about one or two tablespoons of liquid dish soap.  Just mix it all together, and work it deep into the fur – be sure to keep it away from your buddy’s eyes!   Let it sit for a few minutes, rinse thoroughly, and reapply to heavily oiled areas if necessary.

If you have a pet who joyfully rockets himself into the car at the mere mention of a R.I.D.E., please remember some important safety tips.  Your pet needs to buckle up, just like you.  (Special seat belts are available.)  An unrestrained animal can be fatally injured by a sudden stop.  Under no circumstances should an unrestrained pet ride in the back of truck.  And even though he may enjoy riding with his head out the window, it puts him at risk of injury from flying debris.  Even on mild days, the sun can raise the temperature inside your parked car to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  So if you’re running errands, please leave your pet at home.

Exercise is an important part of keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight, which helps his body stay cool, but overdoing it can cause him to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure he has plenty of water. If he’s panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that animals like, but it’s extremely toxic. When you’re walking your pet, make sure he doesn’t sneak a drink from the street.

Keeping your pet well groomed will help his hair do what it was designed to do: protect him from the sun and insulate him from the heat. If he has extremely thick hair or a lot of mats and tangles, his fur may trap too much heat, so you may want to clip him.  And so you don’t have uninvited guests on your pet or in your home, be sure your pet is protected by veterinarian-approved protection against fleas and ticks.

And finally, keep an eye on what your pet is munching on.  According to the Humane Society, there are over 700 plant species that can be toxic to animals.  Here are some of the most common:

Shrubs:  all parts of azaleas, Christmas berry leaves, holly berries, seeds and pods of lupines and oleander leaves.

Wildflowers: all parts of delphinium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, woody aster and mustard seeds.

Garden Flowers:  daffodil and narcissus bulbs; bird-of-paradise pods; lily-of-the-valley leaves and flowers; and all parts of daylilies, and autumn crocus.

Garden and House Plants:  potato shoots and sprouts, and yellow oleander can harm animals. Pets should not be exposed to house plants like elephant ear, lantana, mistletoe, philodendron and poinsettia.

Our pets bring us so much joy and companionship.  Let’s do all we can to keep them healthy and safe.

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