Summertime is playtime for humans and their animal counterparts as well. It is very important to keep your pets health in check year round and not get swept away in the busyness of the season.
Dogs as well as cats need to have current vaccinations. Rabies shots are a must along with keeping up on their heartworm medication. Heartworms can be deadly, expensive to get rid of and torture for our pets. All you have to do to save your money and pets life is pay a nominal fee for monthly medication to do away with this hungry parasite. Interceptor is a popular brand of heartworm medication chosen by veterinarians. It can be purchased buy a full year or half year and are meat flavored so dogs and cats will want to eat the pill. Interceptor prevents heartworms, hookworms infection and will control adult roundworms and whipworms.
Flea eggs as well as larvae build into person fleas in the summer. Domestic pets have freedom to wonder in our gardens, dog parks and go on hikes to woody areas that put them in direct contact with ticks as well. Fleas and ticks can carry parasites and ailments like tapeworms and Lyme disease, which can be spread to their owners. When you pack your pet up or a trip make sure you have the proper flea and tick protection. Frontline Plus works wonders and has a simple once a month application to the back of the neck. Frontline kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks and chewing lice all at once.
Skin bacterial infections tend to fester in the hot sweaty conditions. Dogs are especially sensitive to this type of contamination. They love to play in puddles, shared water, and even those open fire hydrants we enjoy. Even a regular bath and a quick roll in some wet grass can moisten the skin enough for broken skin or an itchy scratch to become infected. Be sure to check skin that folds as infection can form inside of them and get out of hand quickly.
During the long lazy dog days of summer our furry companions want to chill as much as we do, so it is important keep them as comfy as possible. Hose Fido down if they seem lethargic. Ice cubes in their water and for treats are fantastic for those without a hose. There are frozen treats such as Paws ice cream treats for dogs at your local grocer. Watch out for these warning signs and you and you animal will have a doctor free summer:
· Lack of eating or vomiting
· Temperature of one hundred and five or more
· Excessive panting