As summer comes to a close, many families are thinking about vacations, kids returning to school, and how to get the most out of the last few warm weeks. Unfortunately, many people forget that their pets could use a little extra attention as well.
Rabbits and dogs (especially overweight rabbits and dogs) are susceptible to heat stroke. If you are going to leave these animals outside make sure they have plenty of water and shade. Never leave your pet in a car, since the heat can rapidly become life threatening. Most flea problems have already taken root by the end of August as well. Be sure to protect your pets from fleas and ticks by using Frontline Plus or Advantix topically. For dogs, Trifexis is a newer pill that protects your pet from heartworm, fleas, and many intestinal parasites with a once per month pill. Protection against fleas and kennel cough is especially important if you are going to boarding your dog.
The bottom line is that protecting your pet during the “dog days” of summer is actually pretty simple. Protect your animal against parasites (using Frontline and/or Trifexis), make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations, and make sure your fuzzy friends have plenty of shade and water. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call us at 570-455-2580, or email us.