TIPS FOR THE SEASON to help keep your pet healthy, happy and safe.

Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, there are precautions you should take:

Never leave your pet in the car. In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car.

Provide plenty of fresh, clean water and shade for your pets while they’re enjoying the great outdoors so they can stay cool.

Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home. Ask us about The Chip!

Pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication all year round. Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats. Another summertime threat is fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions. Come in to find out the best solution for your friend.

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