Is it true? Summer is finally here? Woo hoo!!! We are so excited! Oh, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Porter and Buca. We are golden retrievers (Buca, female, is 8 years old and Porter, male, is almost 3 years old) and we live with Claire. Our mom is a Client Care Representative at Crossroads. We like to drive her crazy by running into the swamp near our house or playing in mud puddles. We thought, seeing as we love to be outside so much, that we would share some summer tips with you!
Swimming is our most favorite thing to do! We love being in the water! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when your pets are swimming:
- Make sure you clean out your dog’s ears after swimming. If water is left in our ears, especially dogs with floppy ears like us, it can cause ear infections. Use an animal friendly ear cleaner that has a drying agent in it. You can find some at Crossroads, or they can let you know if what you have has a drying agent in it.
- Make sure your dog is vaccinated for leptospirosis. There has been a rise in leptospirosis in our state this year. It can be found in lakes, rivers, streams, and puddles. Check out this link to learn more about it: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Leptospirosis.aspx. It’s a good read because not only are your pets at risk, you can contract it as well!
- If your pet has flea and tick prevention on, whether it’s a topical solution or a collar, make sure that it is water proof. Most of them are; topical products usually are after 24-48 hours and most collars are waterproof so you don’t have to take them off.
- Keep an eye on your pet when they swim! Our friend Jayda, a pitbull, needs a life jacket to swim because she sinks!
Summer is also a time for fireworks! And thunderstorms! We don’t mind either of those, but we have some friends that get very scared when they hear them. The following are some tips we have for them:
- Make sure your pet has a secure place to hide when they hear fireworks or if you know a storm is coming. Some dogs need to go into a closet, or a room as far away from the noise as possible. Make it accessible and cozy.
- Have you ever heard of a ThunderShirt? This is a garment that pets can wear and it helps them feel secure, like swaddling a baby. You can check them out at www.thundershirt.com
- If all else fails, talk to your vet. There are medications that you can try, but your vet needs to give you a prescription.
Be careful when you have your pet outside on super hot days! Jayda actually wrote a blog last year about heat stroke: https://wordpress.com/post/crossroadsanimalhospital.wordpress.com/46
The best times of the day to take us for walks is when it’s really early in the day or later at night, when it’s not super hot. Our paw pads can burn if the pavement is too hot. A good way to check that is to take your shoes off and check for yourself. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for us. Instead, play ball with us in the yard!
Summertime is the best time, it’s great to get outside and have fun! We just want you to be able to have fun without unintentionally causing discomfort or harming your pet. Check with our Crossroads friends if you have any questions or concerns.
We’re signing off to go run in the mud! Have a GREAT summer!
Buca and Porter