Summer is a great time for families and the family pet but can also pose real hazards for those unaware.

Make sure that your dog has plenty of shade and clean, fresh water when outdoors. Consider taking your dog for walks and enjoy playtime in the early morning hours before daytime temperatures escalate.

Never leave your pet unattended for any length of time in a parked car. It only takes a few minutes for a pet to succumb to excessive heat which in many cases can prove fatal even when windows are partially rolled down.

Watch your pets around water. It doesn’t take long for a pet to accidently drown in a pool or lake.

Insects and snakes of all sorts are out on patrol as the weather warms. Watch your pet for any signs of stings or bites. Common areas to keep an eye on would be the paws, nose, and face manifested by swelling, redness, itchiness, and/or pain. Call Stockton Hill Animal Hospital should you believe your pet has been bit or stung.

Consider testing your dog for Heartworm disease and start them on Heartworm prevention due to mosquito populations increasing because of warm weather.

Following these simple rules will ensure your pet gets the most out of summer and the wonderful outside activities this season brings.

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