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Summertime Dangers for Our Pets

Many dogs enjoy swimming, floating, or boating with their owners. But there may be hidden dangers that can overwhelm even the strongest dogs. Owners may want to consider a doggie personal floatation device. Many of these also have a handle on the back to assist the dog out of the water in an emergency. Certain bodies of water may contain parasites or blue-green algae. This algae contains toxins that can affect the liver and the neurological system. Keep your pet out of water that looks stagnant or discolored, and rinse thoroughly with clean water if your dog is exposed to this.Remember to continue flea and tick protection. These parasites are highly active at this time of year. Prolonged exposure to heat and high humidity can cause heat stroke. Long-haired, older, and short-faced dog breeds, as well as obese animals, are more likely to be affected by heat. Heat exhaustion is a medical emergency. Owners can prevent heat-related problems by making sure pets have access to plenty of cool water and a cool, shady area if they are outside. Also remember to NEVER leave a pet in a car. Even if the windows are partially rolled down, the internal temperature of the vehicle quickly climbs to dangerous levels.


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Dr. Dorothy Brinker
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