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Posted on 06-29-2017

July 4th (and summertime in general) is a particulary-hazardous time for pets. Between heat stroke, noise aversion, lost pets and hot pavement, it is no wonder why summertime is the busiest times for vet clinics and shelters. Please take note of the following considerations as we enter July in Central Texas!

Boom! Noise Aversion
Do fireworks send your dog running with high anxiety? 33% of all dogs suffer from noise aversion, making July 4th their least favorite holiday. We provide a sedative called "Sileo." Just a squirt in the mouth with the provided syringe begins working almost immediately and lasts for 2 hours.

Higher Risk of Escape
Many shelters have an influx of animals after a holiday which includes fireworks because animals left unattended have escaped. Owners need to consider taking extra precautions in securing their animals during these events. Many dogs can jump over or dig under a fence in their panic from the noise.

As a precautionary measure, make sure your pet is microchipped! Should your pet escape (this includes cats, too!) most shelters or vet clinic can identify the pet if someone catches them and brings them in.

Scraps Duty at the Cookout!
Keep an eye on your summertime guests! Your guests love feeding the pet human food, and your pet will pounce on the opportunity. Watch for garbage eaters too! Pancreatitis or hemorrhagic gastroenteritis are expensive hospital treatments, much less just a bad bout of diarrhea that could result from dietary indiscretion.

It's HOT out there!
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are always possible when your pet is left outside in our unforgiving heat. Be sure to provide shelter from direct sun, and plenty of fresh, cool water. Leave Fido indoors if there is no way to ensure he will not over heat. Brachycephalic breeds (such as Pugs, Boston Terrier's, Bulldogs, Shi Tzus and Persion cats are not heat tolerant and are poor swimmers!

Hot Pavement
If you cannot hold the back of your hand against the asphalt because it's too hot, then it's too hot for your pet's paws. We do see burnt paw pads, and it's painful!

"I'll be right back!"
Even on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside your car can reach deadly levels within minutes for a dog. Cracking a window has little effect. Bottom line: Don't risk it!

We hope these quick tips make the critical difference for you and your pet this summer. If you have ANY questions, please feel free to call us! Have a great summer!

Dr. Sandra Ontiveros
Manchaca Village Veterinary Care

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