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Paw-Some Summer Safety Tips

Summer means getting outdoors, getting on the road, and getting your barbeque on—but it can also be hazardous for your pet. Here are some tips to make sure you and your furry friend have the best summer ever:

  • Heat kills! Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip! On a sunny 70-degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in minutes. Hot asphalt and sand will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch.
  • Do not shave your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system, as it protects the skin from the sun. If your pet needs bathing and a trimmed-up coat for summer, we have professional grooming services to help!
  • Don’t let your dog drink seawater! Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration.
  • Disease-carrying ticks are rampant in our area, so even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little stowaways after being outdoors. They can easily jump from pets to people.
  • Make sure your pet has ID inside and out—not only a collar and tag, but a microchip with current contact information that can’t get lost.
  • Cookouts are tasty, but cooked meat bones often splinter and become hazardous if swallowed. Nix the corn cobs, too—they can cause intestinal blockage.
  • Fireworks are fun for us, but the racket is terrifying for many pets. Keep them inside, with calm music or white noise on. If you think your pet may need medication to deal with the noise on July 4th, make an appointment with your Shinnecock Animal Hospital veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Keep our number handy for emergencies, because should your pet need a vet this summer, we offer urgent and emergency care and will be open on both July 4th and Labor Day from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

In the meantime, if your pet needs vaccinations, microchipping, or parasite preventives to prepare for summer fun, give us a call at 631-723-0500!