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
- 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.