Summer pet safety

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information provided by North Central Veterinary Emergency Center

HIGHLAND, Ind. (June 2, 2018) – Veterinarians at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center share the following safety tips to help keep pets safe during the summer months.

Heat Stroke

Summer heat can cause a variety of problems for pets. Observe them closely during the summer to ensure that they do not burn their paw pads on hot sidewalks or sand, suffer from heat stroke or dehydration, or overexert themselves. Also, never leave a pet in a car unattended, even for a short period of time. Cars heat up quickly on hot days, often becoming dangerous within minutes.

Leashes

Pets should always be on a leash and under the control of a responsible adult when outside of an enclosed yard. Use a harness leash when on balconies and decks.

​​Microchips and tags

​It’s best to have your pets microchipped and to have a collar with a tag that has your pet’s name and your address and phone number. Keep contact information up to date with the microchip company.

Pests

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes thrive in the summer and can carry a variety of diseases harmful to pets. Lyme Disease which is carried by ticks and is common near the lake region along the Michigan-Indiana border. The occurrance of heartworm disease is also increasing in our area. Talk to your veterinarian about how to protect your pet from these serious diseases carried by pests.

Pesticides

Pesticides are toxic to pets. Keep pets away from lawns and fields that have been treated. Look for signs indicating they have been treated with pesticides or pellets and powders that have been spread.

Vaccinations

If your dog visits places with high levels of dog traffic, it may be a good idea to get him vaccinated for the Canine Influenza Virus. Your pet may also benefit from a leptospirosis vaccine. Rabies vaccines are required by law for all dogs, cats, and ferrets. Talk with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines are appropriate for your pet.

About North Central Veterinary Emergency Center

North Central Veterinary Emergency Center is open 24/7. The nearest location to Lansing is 2427 Ridge Road in Highland, Indiana. Call 219-881-1600 for more information.