By: Dr. Bruce Goldman, Veterinarian
It’s that time of the year where we all love to get outdoors and enjoy our Maryland summer! We cannot have family time without our entire family and that includes our furry friends! In today’s blog we will discuss how to have a great summer and keep our pets healthy and happy.
July 4th Fireworks
Fireworks are a great way to celebrate next week. Unfortunately, our pets do not always feel the same way. Loud noises can really startle our pets and make them very anxious, as the evening of July 4th and the day after are often the busiest times of the year for animal control. Please try and keep pets indoors during any firework displays to ensure they do not run off. We suggest making sure your pet gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day before the fireworks start. You can help to block outside sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television or playing soothing music during the firework show. You can also speak to your veterinarian about some other new ways to help keep your pet calm during this and other stressful summer events. Remember you can call OR text us at 410.768.3620 to further discuss.
We have some amazing waterways and estuaries in our area that are great for swimming. In the recent years the waterways have seen an increase in dark, clear mussels. These little guys are great for making the water clearer and a great source of food for small fish and crabs alike. However, they are harmful to our dogs. Please keep a watchful eye on your dog when near any bodies of water to ensure they do not ingest any of these. If your pet happens to ingest a dark mussel, please see your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.
We discuss this every year, but we cannot stress the importance of keeping your dogs cool in the summer heat. Did you know that dogs with thick hair or with short noses are more susceptible to heat stroke? This can include pugs, bull dogs, etc. Please don’t ever leave your pet in a hot car. The temperature in a hot car can rise to dangerous levels in minutes. If letting your dog play outside, be sure they have plenty of shade and water. If your dog shows any signs of heatstroke (i.e. panting excessively, increased heart rate, bright red tongue, pale gums, etc.) please contact your veterinarian immediately.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy summer. There really is nothing like a beautiful east coast summer so get out there and have some fun!