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7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe All Summer Long

  • June 17, 2013
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5. Flea and Tick Bites

Pets and pests intermix in the summer all too frequently for anyone’s liking, especially if your dog is one of the millions of four-footed citizens with flea or tick allergies. Products designed to keep your pet flea- and tick-free run the gamut from sprays to collars to shampoos to ingestible tablets. Herbal remedies also pose an earth-friendly, nonchemical solution to one of nature’s biggest summertime annoyances. Herbal flea collars featuring various scents designed to repel fleas are widely available. Keeping your pet regularly and closely groomed also helps to eliminate the possibility that fleas and ticks have a safe place to hide.

If you notice red welts on your pet’s skin post flea or tick encounter, immediately clean the lesions with an antiseptic cleanser such as witch hazel and then apply triple antibiotic ointment. You may also want to make a visit to the vet to ensure that your four-legged friend doesn’t have a secondary infection.

6. High-Rise Syndrome

Doggie summer revelers may encounter the threat of ticks and fleas at picnics, but felines face their own unique summertime danger at home. With climbing temperatures naturally come open windows, often unscreened to facilitate fresh breezes the more easily. Open windows can also be an invitation to your cat, however, to leap before looking, a phenomenon so widespread that it has been dubbed by veterinarians as High-Rise Syndrome.

Contributing to the prevalence of this syndrome is the fact that window surfaces are often difficult for cats to cling to and cats can become distracted while gazing outside, lose their balance, and fall. In contrast to the common supposition that cats always land on their feet, felines can easily lose their balance and experience pelvis and head injuries from falls. They can also become injured just as easily from short as from long falls, as shorter distances give cats less time to adjust their body position.

To protect your cat from life-threatening falls this summer, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Install tightly fitting and sturdy screens in all of your windows.
  • Make sure that adjustable screens are wedged snuggly into window frames.
  • Don’t rely on childproof window guards to keep Fluffy from jumping or slipping.
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Selected by Laura Drucker, TAILS Editor

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12:54AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

I don't have to worry about any of these because my cats are inside 24/7.

I did copy these and send them to my friends who have dogs so they can stay safe!

4:13AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:32AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

ty

6:38AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Scary, thanks!

8:02AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Great article!

11:51PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thanks for info, may be helpful.

1:05AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Great tips! I think this article is enough to understand how the pet handles the heat and help the owner to protect their pets during the warmer months.

7:06PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Will make sure to tell my son about these. Thank you.

6:43AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:00AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Great article my care2 friend ... ty ...

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