Take advice from the pros! We visited Mitchell Village Animal Hospital (MVAH) for our latest edition of the MCKRE Magazine! We received tips on how to keep our pets as safe as paws-ible while enjoying some of our favorite summer activities. Dr. Julianne Davis and Dr. Marci Godwin gave us the inside scoop to share with you — fellow pet lovers! Here’s how your pet can stay protected while boating and beaching this season:
TO AVOID HEAT STROKE OR HEAT EXHAUSTION:
- Never leave your pet in the car (even with the windows rolled down!).
- If it’s too hot for you outside, then it’s too hot for your pet.
- A kiddie pool filled with water is a great cooldown option for your pet.
- Ice cubes, cooling mats and cold, wet towels can help keep your pet’s temperature regulated.
TO AVOID BURNT PAW PADS:
- Avoid walking on hot surfaces (such as asphalt) during the hottest parts of the day – try mornings and evenings for walks.
- Invest in booties to help prevent pad burns.
TO AVOID SUNBURN:
- Minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen.
- Sunscreen should be UVB/UVA SPF 15-30, fragrance-free and non-staining.
- Pets can lick off their sunscreen, so reapply every couple of hours.
- Look for sunscreens that use titanium dioxide instead of zinc, as ingestion of zinc can be toxic to animals.
WHAT THE SHELL?
If your pet cuts their paw, clean the wound with peroxide and try to flush any debris out. Then, apply a liquid band aid or bandage to stop the bleeding. If it doesn’t stop bleeding or there is concern for infection, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
HOLD THE SALT, PLEASE
Make sure your pet is not ingesting saltwater at the beach. If your dog starts showing signs of an upset stomach, displays excessive thirst, lack of appetite and lethargy after a visit to the beach, give your vet a call.
BOAT SAFETY 101
Pets can slip and get injured while trying to get off the dock and onto the boat – take caution. Plus, a life jacket, especially for smaller breed dogs, is a helpful way to safely get your pet back on your boat if a mishap should occur.
BOOM, POW, POP!
We love fireworks, but our furry friends don’t feel the same. In fact, they can put some pets into a complete tail spin. When fireworks occur, make sure your pet is in a safe space where they can’t escape should they get frightened. In addition, consult your vet for mild sedatives or anxiety medication that you can give your pet prior to the start of the festivities.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? CONTACT MITCHELL VILLAGE ANIMAL HOSPITAL BELOW:
5015 Executive Dr., Morehead City • 252-726-4033