By the way, if you wonder what your indoor cat is missing, here’s a brief list: fights with other animals; attacks by other animals; infections; puncture wounds; fleas, ticks, and worms; being stolen; car accidents; animals with rabies or other deadly diseases, the cute little child who might choose to play with your pet a little too roughly, thinking it’s a toy. As if these aren’t reasons enough, how about the fact that on average, outdoor cats live just 2 to 5 years while indoor cats live as many as 15. As you can see, the picture for indoor cats is a whole lot prettier than for outside kitties.
Scritch & Scratch Summer
Spring is gone, but summer poses much of the same threats for their health! Without the proper protection your best friend will become a breeding ground for these pests. Keeping a monthly routine of medicating will keep your furry companions safe and from hurting themselves through excessive scratching, biting, and other skin irritations.Even though some animals are kept inside year around, doesn't mean they can be safe from fleas and ticks. You carry them in on shoes and clothing without even noticing.
Options for Fleas:
Flea & Tick Medication: Once a month protection is simple to administer and can be marked on a calender for a reminder. This is one of the best options for protection. Brands work differently with different animals, so at first this may be a trial and error process. You can find these medications at your local vets office, pet specialty store, or even your local grocery store/
Flea Shampoo/Conditioner: This helps to soothe the irritation and bites that fleas cause. It also helps for preventative reasons, but do not solely rely on this, because it will no fully protect the animals.
Flea Collars: This is one of the basic and cost effective ways of treatment. It is as simple as selecting the right collar for your pet. These are based on the size and weight of your animal, as well as type. Be sure to find the right collar for your pet because their bodies may not tolerate it. Each collar has a different dosage so be careful!
Dog Days of Summer
Let's Face it ,absolutely no one would want to be out in the dead hot heat of summer, let alone stuck in a car that is over 150 degrees inside. Many pet owners will leave their defenseless pet in thier car while running into the store. Many of the times with no water. An animal dies in a car almost every two hours during the hot summer months. This is something that happens every day. When you are thinking of taking along Fido, or Miss Prissy Kitty, think about the heat and whether or not you would want to stay in a car with no air conditioning. We know we sure wouldn't!
OUCH! THAT BURNS!
Be careful when walking you dog on dark pavement. It can get up to 10X hotter than ordinary cement. When the sun is full blast try to walk your do in the grass or in the shade. This will keep thier paws from getting burnt when out for extended periods of time.
As well as keeping yourself hydrated, make sure your pets always have water, especially if they are outside. When they are tied up make sure they can reach thier bowl and some shade! Just like us they tend to drink much more when it is hot and humid. You don't want thier mouth to be as dry as the sand on the beach, do you? Speaking of beaches, make sure if you take your pet near saltwater, they have fresh clean water to drink. The salt and some chemicals in fresh water ponds and lakes can be harmful to them.
If you ever have you windows open to let the fresh air in, make sure you know where your pet is at all times! This is especially important when you are in a more than one story house or apartment. You may not think they would jump, but they just might. This can cause something called High-Rise Syndrome. In other words they may get severe permanent damage due to the carelessness of being unaware of where you pet is. One good solution is having a screen installed in your windows.
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