Results Realty Buzz: Summer Pet Safety!!

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Summer Pet Safety!!

The Houston SPCA has offered some tips to keep your dog or cat cool and healthy during the hot summer.  I am going to recap some of their main points.

HOT CARS/HEATSTROKE: Do not leave your pet unattended in a car for ANY period of time. The temperature inside a car with
the window cracked can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  A dog body temperature is normally 100.5 to 102.5 degrees if they get too warm their body temperature continues to rise and if their temperature exceeds 106 they could get heat stroke.  Signs of heat stroke may include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue or gums, excessive drooling, lethargy etc. Heat stroke can cause brain damage, seizures and even death.

EXERCISE: On hot days limit your pets jog or walk to the early morning hours so they again do not suffer from heat stroke. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws.  I spoke to someone who had a dog die from running during the heat so better safe than sorry.

HEARTWORM PREVENTIVE:  This is a big one living in the Spring/Tomball/Magnolia area! Heartsworms are potentially fatal parasites spread through the bite of just one infected mosquito. In our area dogs should be on preventative all year long.  Our rescue Dundy was negative for heartworms when we adopted him but only a few months later he tested positive.  We chose to do the slow treatment where you just give the  preventative and one year later he was heartworm free.
 
SHELTER: With our brutally hot temperatures in the summertime it is best to leave your pets inside your air conditioned home.  If they must stay outside make sure they have adequate shelter with plenty of cool, fresh water and shade.
 
 
FLEAS/TICKS: Ask your Veternarian what the appropriate product for you animal is and follow all instructions exactly. According to the SPCA many accidental poisonings and deaths happen each year because people use the wrong produ
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WATER BEACH SAFETY: I have always thought that all dogs were excellent swimmers but according to the SPCA that is not necessarily the case. Always supervise your dog near water whether it be at the beach or a pool.  At the beach a strong undertow or riptide can drag a frolicking dog out into the water. Be sure and bring lots of fresh water for your pet to drink.  Rinse sand, salt or chlorine off of your pet as soon as you can. Just like we can sunburn so can our pets; especially if they have short hair, white hair and pink skin. If you have a dog that is susceptible to sunburning check with your vet about safe sunblock you can apply to their ears and  nose.
 
 
TRAVEL:  If you are taking a family vacation by car you might consider keeping your pet cool by putting ice packs in their ventilated crate. Bring plenty of fresh water and a bowl for rest stops.  You might want to also take a tarp so you can create a shady spot for them.  Another idea is to keep a spray bottle filled with water handy so you can spritz them to keep them cool.
I thought these were GREAT pet ideas and I hope they help to make your summer time with your pet an enjoyable experience.

For all your Spring/Tomball/Magnolia/The Woodlands needs, contact me today! Marchel Peterson Results Realty Cell: 832-721-8332

 
 
Comment balloon 12 commentsMarchel Peterson • August 06 2012 05:56PM

Comments

Marchel, it really gets my goat when I see a dog in the car during the summer months. I have, on occasion, called the police because of it.

Your post is full of excellent points for all dog owners.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 5 years ago
Last year I took my then 14 year old dog on her normal walk. She barely made it home, clearly the walk in the heat was too much for her. I learned a big lesson that day, hopefully others can learn from your article.
Posted by Laura Murray, Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes www.MDRealEstateOnline.com (Weichert) almost 5 years ago

Marchel: You have posted some very good information for folks. This is so good for folks that are new owner's with pets. Kinda like a new home owner, a few good tips help.

C&C

Posted by Carl Winters almost 5 years ago

Marcel ~  this post is very informative and one that every pet owner should read.  It is so important to protect our pets.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Marchel - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information about summer pet safety. Excellent blog.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) almost 5 years ago

Hi Marchel,

What important information you provided here.

Just a few weeks ago I attened a memorial service in an area nearby that was in the 90's that day upon leaving I noticed 2 small little dogs barking like crazy inside a parked car. The windows were cracked a little but that had to be like an oven inside.

I went back inside to the event as asked them to make the announcement to the guests...and if they didn't I was going to call the FD who I imagine would have smashed one of the windows just to get them out.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 5 years ago
Hi Marchel, I just saw this on Lynda's repost and it is so sad to me that reminders like this are needed. As I meentioend to Lynda, I can think of no punished strong enough for those that purposely or even carelessly abuse these 4 legged family members.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 5 years ago

Marchel, It is so sad what these animals go through. Thanks for sharing!  

Posted by Insurance Solutions Unlimited,LLC, Insurance Solutions Unlimited,LLC (Insurance Solutions Unlimited, LLC) almost 5 years ago

If I see someone's dog in a car, I'll break the window. Let them complain to me.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 5 years ago

We're so dog friendly in Colorado that it's not uncommon to see water bowls out the door steps of shops. And it's even more common for shops around Canon City and Florence to have a full time pet that lives in the shop. And yes, you still see people leaving their pets IN the car - why?

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 5 years ago

We're so dog friendly in Colorado that it's not uncommon to see water bowls out the door steps of shops. And it's even more common for shops around Canon City and Florence to have a full time pet that lives in the shop. And yes, you still see people leaving their pets IN the car - why?

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Marchel  Very comprehensive list 0 it always makes me wonder why so many pet owbers get a pet and then go about abusing it either through benign neglect or physical abuse

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 5 years ago

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