Pets enjoy playing outside during the summer as much as you. Whether you’re hiking trails together, playing out in the yard, or going to the lake, these activities are fun ways to spend time with your pet. However, these situations can bring about preventable emergencies. Keep reading to learn about common summertime emergencies and how you can help prevent them.
No one likes getting stung by a bee, and your pet is no different. Bee stings happen because pets are inquisitive, and sometimes if your pet is very inquisitive, stings may happen frequently. If your pet is stung by a bee, an emergency veterinarian should be called for guidance.
Heat stroke occurs when your pet’s internal body temperature gets too high for their body to regulate. As humans, we are aware of the risks of dehydration and heatstroke and capable of getting water to drink and heading to an air-conditioned space when we are hot. Pets may not be able to fill these needs or communicate that they’re too hot.
Did you know that heat stroke can occur in as little as 6 minutes for animals? Make sure your pet always has access to water. If you notice your pet panting, having diarrhea, or drooling, bring them into a shaded or cool place and provide them with water to drink.
Ticks are common in wooded, grassy, or bushy areas. When they attach to your pet, they begin sucking your pet’s blood. Ticks are known for carrying Lyme disease. It is important to check your pet at least once daily, especially if they have been in any high grass or wooded areas. If you notice your dog being lethargic or if they appear to have a fever, they may have been bitten. Be careful when attempting to remove a tick. If the head detaches, you will want to call the veterinarian. If you plan to go into wooded areas, try a tick preventative on your pet.
If a pet emergency does occur, we’re here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. Call Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Springfield at (541) 746-0112 to get the urgent care your pet needs around the clock!