Tis the season for BBQ’s, lake fun, and general outdoor shenanigans, but let’s remember to be diligent when it comes to our furry family members. Here are a few tips and reminders for the season—
LONG WALKS AND HOT ASPHALT: The roads this time of year can start to get very hot and can burn your pet’s paw pads. Be cautious and consider taking your dog for walks in the mornings or on trails in the shade.
Dr. Madison Cloninger is a veterinarian and the owner of Mooresville Animal Hospital, 2681 Charlotte Highway in Mooresville. For more information, please call 704.664.4087 or visit their website www. mooresvilleanimalhospital.com.
L A K E NORMAN
HEAT: Be careful to avoid letting your pet get overheated. They can’t tell you they are getting too hot, and heat stress can lead to collapse and even death. If you notice your pet is panting, restless, vomiting, salivating, and/or their tongue color has changed or they seem weak, then they should be immediately taken to the closest veterinarian for assessment. In the meantime, travel with the car on a cold air conditioning setting and consider grabbing some icepacks to prop around their head/ neck/chest for transit. You can also offer small amounts of water.
BUGS: Mosquitos and fleas (and ticks) are year-around pests in our state but they certainly are out in full force now. Please confirm that your dogs and cats are up-to-date on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention (heartworms are spread by the mosquito bites). PET INSURANCE: Summertime entails lots of adventures but it is also a time we see upticks in pets being seen for unexpected emergencies. It is a good time to consider if a major medical/emergency policy might be a good fit for your family’s financial plan for your pet. There are lots of companies out there and not one fits all needs, but we recommend the larger, more reputable companies such as Nationwide or Trupanion.
SWIMMING: Some dogs are naturally interested and others are not. If your pet is a swimmer still keep a supervising eye on them during their time in the water and wash them afterwards to remove the dirt, algae, or chlorine.
PUDDLES AND SUCH: Free-standing water can be a source of toxic algae as well as dangerous bacteria from wildlife urine (leptospirosis). Avoid letting your pet drink from puddles or standing water sources. Leptospirosis can also be picked up in contaminated grasses that have been soiled from infected wildlife. There is a vaccine available that provides coverage against this and it is recommended in our geographic area. w
CAR RIDES: Avoid letting your pet hang their head out of the car window—and don’t put the window down so low that they can jump out. WRITER DR. MADISON CLONINGER
May 2021 Lake Norman Woman Magazine