With the start of summer fun, we also see the start of summer toxicities. Here are a few tips to consider on some of the more common summer problems.
Fireworks/Firepits: Make sure pets around fire pits are kept on a leash. For obvious reasons exploding fireworks are dangerous to pets. Some less obvious problems we see are pets running away because of fear from the fireworks, also we can see a wide variety of severe signs in pets who ingested ash from spent fireworks.
Pool chemicals: Most undiluted pool chemicals are caustic and can cause burns wherever the pet comes into contact with them.
Sedatives: Make sure that dosing instructions are clear. Some people will often panic and keep giving prescribed medication (or give their own sedatives) when fireworks start. Make sure if your pet takes medication you know what to expect when giving them for noise phobias (how long it will take to work and how it will likely affect the pet). You can also consider a trial run to see how the pet will respond to the medication and if a dosing change is needed.