Back in March, we worked to get your prepared for Poison Prevention Month! Today we want to talk about potential emergencies that can occur as the temperature gets warmer in Tewksbury. Increasing temperatures and outdoor time can lead to potentially dangerous situations for pets. Why is this so important to us? We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and educational knowledge to our clients.

Here are some common summertime emergencies.

Snakes! There are 14 species of snakes that call Massachusetts home. They come in many patterns and colors, and their diets and habitats vary. Snakes like to sun themselves on trails, but they’ll also hide in fallen timber, pine straw, and brush. When dogs sniff through these areas, they are at risk of getting bitten on the face, neck, or front legs. If you notice any of the following snake bite signs, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately:

  • Puncture marks
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle tremors

Even if your pet is bitten by a non-venomous snake, the wound can become infected, so all snake bites should receive prompt medical attention.

Preparation is key to keeping your pet safe during the summer. Keep our phone number and the phone numbers of nearby emergency veterinary hospitals accessible at all times.

It’s not just snakes you need to worry about, let’s talk about the heat! Even when it doesn’t feel warm to you, the pavement or inside of a car can feel incredibly hot to your pet.

With few sweat glands, dogs and cats are unable to adequately cool themselves when left in the heat, and their body temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels. A pet suffering from heat stroke requires immediate veterinary attention, so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of an overheated pet:

  • Excessive panting
  • Sticky or dry tongue or gums
  • Stumbling while trying to walk
  • Seizures
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees
  • Unresponsiveness

To prevent heat stroke, never leave your pet inside your car, and don’t leave her outdoors unsupervised for more than 10 minutes on a hot day. While outside, ensure she has a shady area to escape the direct sunlight, and always provide fresh, cool water.

If you have any questions about protecting your pet, we’ll be here to answer them. Do not hesitate to contact us today!