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Preparing For Summer Pet Emergencies

By May 5, 2019 No Comments

Summer is nearing and that means more outside time with your pets! With rising temperatures and more time outside, we must also be ready for additional risks these things add to your pet’s life. Today we want to discuss how to protect your pet while allowing them to enjoy the summer. And don’t forget – there’s no better destination than our Adventure Camp and Pet Lodge when your pet has to be away from you.

Make sure your pets are leashed or in an enclosed area!

When pets spend more time outside, they have more opportunities to escape. Running free and roaming the streets may feel like an adventure, but it puts them at great risk of being lost, getting into a fight, or getting hit by a car. The blunt trauma of getting hit by a car can cause a number of injuries, including:

  • Abrasions and loss of skin
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Head trauma
  • Internal injuries and blood loss

Take steps to prevent your pup from escaping. Ensure the gates of your yard are securely closed to keep your dog safely confined, and keep your pet inside during outdoor gatherings when guests will be coming and going. When taking part in outdoor activities, like camping or hiking, keep your dog on a leash.

Watch out for snakes!

Snakes like to sun themselves on trails, but they’ll also hide in fallen timber, pine straw, and brush. When dogs sniff through these areas, they are at risk of getting bitten on the face, neck, or front legs. If you notice any of the following snake bite signs, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately:

  • Puncture marks
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle tremors

Even if your pet is bitten by a non-venomous snake, the wound can become infected, so all snake bites should receive prompt medical attention.

Preparation is key to keeping your pet safe during the summer. Keep our phone number and the phone numbers of nearby emergency veterinary hospitals accessible at all times.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help! If your pet needs some daytime stimulation, we’ve got you covered there as well. Our Adventure Camp is a dog daycare experience that offers fun play and stimulating socialization. We also have a Pet Lodge for overnight boarding where your pet will enjoy a safe, cozy, “home away from home” setting.

Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital will be open our regular hours in order to care for your pets. The adventure camp will be available 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

For overnight boarding or more information:
Call 303-670-7118 / Email Email Us
or complete the online boarding request form.
Please call 303-674-3156 or email records@mountainparksvet.com if we can help with other pet care needs.

We will be following CDC recommended protocols for curbside service. When you arrive at the hospital please remain in your vehicle and call our main phone number 303-674-3156. A hospital employee will come outside, take a brief history and bring your pet inside. The doctor and technician will communicate with you via text message, telephone or come outside while practicing recommended social distancing.