Pet Safety Tips
As the seasons change, our pets may encounter different hazards, but if a few extra precautions are taken, you can keep your best friend safe all year long. Read on to learn tips and important information you can use to keep your pet safe no matter what season it is. If you have any questions about your pet’s safety and well-being, please contact our team. That’s what we’re here for!
Spring Pet Safety Tips
Puppies are often susceptible to a condition known as Parvovirus, and this disease can have fatal consequences if left untreated. It’s important to know and identify the signs of Parvovirus so that you can seek treatment immediately at Affordable Pet Care Basse. These are some signs that you might recognize in your young pet if they have contracted Parvovirus:
- Diarrhea (often bloody and foul)
- Vomiting (severe)
- Loss of appetite
This condition can be passed through the feces of infected animals, so it’s extremely important to keep other pets away from your young pet if you suspect they’re infected. Please contact us immediately if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms.
Summer Pet Safety Tips
During warmer weather, your pet’s safety is exceptionally important. It’s critical that your pet be protected from dangerous pests which can be acquired in the summer. Fleas are particularly underrated as dangerous pests, but a flea infestation could cause flea allergy dermatitis, irritating your pet’s skin and making them miserable.
Ensure that your pet is protected from fleas and other pests at all times by giving them a parasite preventive. Our team recommends using parasite preventives all year-long to keep fleas and other parasites at bay. If you want to know what type of preventives we offer, and which one is best for your pet, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. They can recommend a parasite preventive that’s right for your pet.
Fall Pet Safety Tips
Heatstroke is a huge concern in Texas – even in the fall! Hot weather can cause heatstroke in pets that aren’t well-hydrated, or who spend too much time in areas of excessive heat. One of these dangerous locations is inside a parked vehicle. You should never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked, and the car is parked in the shade. Temperatures can rise to extreme levels, causing heatstroke, or worse, brain damage or death.
Signs of heatstroke in pets include:
- Excessive panting
- Foaming at the mouth
If you believe your pet has experienced heatstroke, please bring them to Affordable Pet Care Basse right away, and let our team give your pet the critical care they need.
Winter Pet Safety Tips
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, as there are many fun things to do. Just remember to keep your pet safe from the dangers that crop up during this festive season. The treats we love are often toxic for our furry family members, and the decorations we put up can be choking hazards for them. These are some of the most common dangers that we often see during the holiday season:
- Christmas trees
- Sidewalk salt
- Food and sweets
- Poinsettias and other holiday plants
If your pet has ingested a toxic substance or they’re experiencing other issues this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to contact us and allow our veterinarians to provide guidance for you, and care for your pet.