Keeping pets safe this summer

Keep dogs healthy and safe this summer by giving pets plenty of water and keeping them vaccinated.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The dog days of summer are quickly approaching and with it comes summer heat. Veterinarian Lisa Hepworth said it’s important to give pets plenty of water and urges pet owners to avoid leaving their pets in cars.

“Even if you leave the windows cracked, it’s still not safe for them to be out in the heat,” said Hepworth.

There are some dangers more obvious than others and pet owners could be putting their beloved animals at risk without even knowing it. Hepworth said fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carry diseases and parasites that can be fatal, but said they are easily preventable.

“It’s very important to make sure your pet is well protected, and your veterinarian can determine if they’ve had enough vaccinations at the correct times to make sure they are protected,” said Hepworth.

Animals that spend their time indoors are still at risk.

“Those mosquitoes can come into the home, so it’s really important to keep them on a heart worm prevention,” added Hepworth.

Although not everything about summer poses a danger to dogs and cats, loud noises can cause stress. Hepworth advises a trip to your vet to deal with any noise phobias.

“Just to get them through those nights around the 4th of July or if there’s big storms coming, there are things your veterinarian can do for them,” Hepworth said.

Hepworth said the best way to avoid any potential problems this summer is to keep a close eye on your pet because it could cost you a lot more than a trip to the vet.

“The treatments, more often than not, are more expensive than those vaccines. So, prevention is always better than actually treating,” said Hepworth.

A small price to pay to make sure your furry friends have a happy and healthy summer.

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