We tend to have extended summers here in the Carolinas, with lots of good road-tripping, camping and barbeque weather still to come. Here are some important tips to make sure your furry friend stays safe and healthy:

  • 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. Check before walking your pet by putting your palm or bare feet down on the pavement or sand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
  • Don’t let your dog drink seawater, lake water or river water. Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration, while lake and river water are often full of bacteria that can cause illness. If there’s a bloom of blue-green algae, your pet could be at risk of liver failure and nervous system damage if they ingest it.
  • Copperheads are the most commonly encountered venomous snakes in our region and they’re found statewide. Keep your pet leashed, on trails, out of marshy areas, and no sniffing where you can’t see to avoid these very dangerous bites.
  • Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little dudes after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease.
  • Cookouts are tasty, but cooked meat bones often splinter and become hazardous if swallowed. Nix the corn cobs, too—they can cause intestinal blockage.
  • Going pup-tenting? Watch for wildlife as coyotes, hawks, bears, wolves, and others have been known to track and snatch pets. Raccoons and possum could fight with your dog over food. It’s best to walk your dog on a non-extendable lead and never leave your pet tied up at a campsite unsupervised.
  • If you’re off on a late summer/fall getaway without the fur kids, make your boarding reservations now as spots fill fast, especially around Labor Day weekend. You’ll also want to make sure your pet is current on all required vaccinations for boarding.  

Need more help preparing your pet for late-summer fun? Don’t hesitate t give us a call at 252-654-9738.