While summer can mean oodles of good times for you and your pets, when the temperatures soar, there are several precautions that you need to take to protect them. Dr. Sehaj Grewal, known to his customers as The Melrose Vet, acknowedged it's very important to ensure the needs of your dogs and cats are taken care of.
"It's imperative that your pets don't overheat," Grewal said. Keep them in a cool environment as much as possible." Panting, disorientation and fast, noisy breathing could be a sign that your pet has overheated.
With sidewalks hot for their paws, walk them in the shade as much as possible, he added.
If you like to take your dogs to the dog park, Grewal recommends pet owners always be aware that something could potentially happen.
'The biggest challenge at the dog park is you don't know if another dog that's there is aggressive and can cause injury. Also, they may have contagious diseases such as leptospirosis and influenza," Grewal said. "This is why it's important for your pups to be up on their vaccinations."
The veteran vet always tells his clients to make sure they are using a flea treatment on the pets.
"I recommend a prescription like Bravecto, which is a pill that provides 90 day protection," Grewal noted. "If they are allergic to fleas or anything else in the environment that causes itching, I recommend a cytopoint (allergy injection) that lasts for 4-8 weeks and can be repeated."
As we head into a time that celebrates pre-Fourth of July festivities, fireworks are also an issue for pets, causing them anxiety and fear, noted Grewal.
"This is a very stressful time for pets. The fireworks create a lot of loud noise, and animals get startled.To compensate, keep them in a room where there is little to no noise. Turn on the stereo or television to distract them. If they show no signs of calming down, you can always get an anxiety medication from us; it all depends on the health of the pet."
Grewal considers himself a caring vet, patient and genuine.
"I understand people's concerns with their pets, even though it can be overwhelming at times. I go far and beyond to ensure all my client's expectations are fulfilled. I opened up my clinic to be different from all the other corporate animal hospitals around. I champion personalized care for pets over profits."
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