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How to Keep Your Dog Safe During Outdoor Adventures

By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness, Dogs, Emergency Situations, Infectious Diseases, Parasites

It’s finally summer! Both pets and owners alike are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sun.  Unfortunately, warm weather wakes up plenty of hazards. Ticks are out in full force, mosquitos are abuzz, and larger wildlife roams in search of food.

A single run, swim, or hike can put you and your pet at an increased risk of exposure to diseases and parasites, such as lyme disease, rabies, heartworm, and leptospirosis and ehrlichia bacteria. Thankfully, many of these disease risks can be avoided by simply vaccinating your pet. The heat of summer can also be a risk. Pets can get heat stroke from being inside a hot vehicle or  spending too much time outdoors without adequate water. Even walking on hot asphalt can burn their paws.

If you take a few simple steps to prevent summer maladies, those few months of sunshine can be fun for pets and people alike. Never, ever leave your beloved pet unattended in a hot vehicle! Check the temperature of asphalt before taking your pet on a walk. Be sure to provide of shade and water, but don’t forget to change the water at least once per day!  Also, beware that water left in a container, such as a bucket, bird bath, or water bowl, can become a breeding source for mosquitos. Just one container of standing water can produce thousands of mosquitos in a single week! If you take your pet into the wild, bring your own water so that they don’t contract waterborne diseases such as leptospirosis or giardia from streams or puddles.

If your dog had a summer misadventure, please call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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