During this time of year, the weather is not to hot and not to cold, so we tend to spend more time outside with our pets. Here are a few things you need to be aware of in order to keep your pets safe.
Heat Stress/Stroke (click here for more info)
In hot and humid weather conditions a pet can over heat and suffer a heat stroke in a very short amount of time. A heat stroke can cause irreversible brain damage and even death. An animal cannot sweat efficiently enough to cool themselves, thus they cool themselves through panting. In extreme heat or if the pet is dehydrated, their panting becomes inefficient. If you feel your pet might be having a heat stroke, you should seek emergency help from a veterinarian immediately. Remember that even on cooler days, high humidity can cause your pet to overheat.
Flea, tick, and heartworm product information(click here)
Heartworm disease(click here)
Many lawn, garden and automotive chemicals can have a sweet smell and be hazardous to your pets if ingested. Pets can even become ill from licking chemicals off their feet. To keep your pets safe, keep them on a leash and do not let them drink from water puddles in the street or other sources of water that could contain harmful chemicals.
Many common plants are poisonous to your pets. Here are a few plants that can harm them-- Sago Palm(click here), Tulip, Schefflera, Rhododendron, Oleander, Azalea, Caladium, Dieffenbachia, Elephant Ears, Lilies, Ferns, Kalanchoe, and there are many more. Pets, especially puppies love to dig and eat plants. Remember a puppy is like a 2 year old toddler. They need constant supervision or they need to be crated or put in an area where they cannot harm themselves. Even adult dogs and cats enjoy eating a plant every now and then, so please check your yard and house for poisonous plants. If you think your pet has eaten a poisonous plant, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
Our weather is unpredictable and many pets get very nervous during thunderstorms. Some pets, when scared, become very destructive and can harm themselves as well as cause damage to your home. Pets left outside can become so scared, they dig out, chew through the fence, or escape your yard from a gate that has blown open or fence that has blown down. Make sure you have a secure place for your pet in the event of a storm. Have a backup plan, such as a neighbor or a friend that can secure your pet in the event an unexpected thunderstorm occurs. Please remember to register your pet with Harris County and keep a collar with id information, rabies tag, and Harris County registration tag on your pet. Please consider micro-chipping your pet. Sometimes pets' collars come off, but with a simple injection, your pet can be micro-chipped and you will have a better chance of being reunited with your lost pet.(Micro-chipping info click here)