Our pets add so much joy, love, and happiness to our lives. In return, we owe it to them to keep them safe, healthy, and strong. Here are three tips to keep in mind.
On the Road
It's not only dangerous, but, in some states, it's now illegal to drive with an unsecured dog in the back of a pick-up truck. In warm weather, however, the interior of a truck or car can be even more dangerous, with temperatures reaching up to 120° in just a few minutes. Even parked in the shade,cats and dogs left in the car can suffer heat stroke, brain damage, and even death. Don't let this happen! If your pet is not allowed full access to wherever you're going, leave them at home. The same advice applies when temperatures reach cold extremes too, as being locked in a parked car for a long time isn't good for anyone in freezing weather.
In the Sun
Did you know that cats and dogs can become sunburned? It's true. According to the Humane Society, sunscreen may be required for some dogs and cats, especially those with light-colored noses and fur. Either way, it's important to provide plenty of water and shade for your pets. Also, keep in mind that cement, asphalt, and sand can absorb a lot of heat and severely burn the pads of their feet.
In the Yard
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes (a source of heartworms) are just a few of the critters you and your vet should discuss preventing. And don't forget health hazards in the garden as well. Beyond hundreds of varieties of plants that can be toxic to animals, some seemingly harmless plant foods, fertilizers, and insecticides can severely threaten your beloved pet's health as well.
Author:Gordon Crawford Phone: 973-615-1567 Dated: January 9th 2013 Views: 1,009 About Gordon: Gordon leads the Crawford Home Selling Team and is a top producer for more than 35 years. Having liv...
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