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Top Tips to Protect Your Pet in the Great Outdoors
Families, Health, Pets
Top Tips to Protect Your Pet in the Great Outdoors


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The arrival of spring and summer means our pets will be spending more time exploring and playing outdoors. Long walks, frolics in the yard and trips to the park are fun for dogs and owners alike, but do keep an eye on health risks, say advisers in this field.

Pets Plus Us, a pet owner community and insurance provider, offers some guidance for the warmer months:

• Provide your pet with ample water and food.

• Don't leave a dog or cat exposed to the hot sun for extended periods. Make sure they have ready access to shelter or shaded areas when outdoors, and bring them inside for breaks.

• Never leave a pet in a parked car. The temperature inside can quickly rise.

• Take your dog or cat to the veterinarian to ensure they have up-to-date vaccinations and preventative medications to keep them healthy all year long.

“In addition to heartworm disease, there are other serious and even more common health issues that pet owners need to be wary of,” says Dr. Chip Coombs, the chief veterinary officer at Pets Plus Us. “Be on the lookout for signs of intestinal parasites in your pet, like roundworms and hookworms, which not only make your dog ill, but can also cause problems in people who contract them. Now is a good time to visit the veterinarian to ensure your pet is protected.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind to minimize the risks posed by parasites:

• Regular deworming of any outdoor pet is the best solution to guard against these internal parasites.

• Be attentive and watch for symptoms. Ticks and fleas are easier to spot than internal parasites. If your dog has internal parasites, usually you will notice that they aren't acting themselves. Symptoms vary, but your dog may be lethargic and lose its appetite. Other signs may include vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling or pain in the abdomen.

• Provide your pet with healthy food and fresh water. A high-quality diet is key to their overall health.

• Groom your dog regularly to maintain a healthy, clean coat and skin.

• Take the time to discuss these and other pet health practices with your veterinarian.

Finally, pet health insurance helps us look after our furry friends by covering the costs if they fall ill or have an accident requiring medical attention. It can even cover more routine items like exams and vaccinations.

More information on pet health is available at www.petsplusus.com.

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(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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