Traveling with dog tips
The long glorious days of summer  weather are here! The risk of certain  hazards increases for our pets during the summer months. Many of these can be avoided.

1.       Heat Risk

As little as 10 minutes in a vehicle on a warm day could lead to overheating and death for a beloved pet. It is best to avoid leaving your pet in the car alltogether. Try to limit exercise to the coolest parts of the day. Most dogs are so eager to please they will push themselves beyond their capacity and risk overheating. Make sure to pack water for both yourself and your pooch. Older, overweight or short nosed dogs are at even greater risk of heat exhaustion.

Watch for signs of trouble. These may include;

  • weakness or in-coordination
  • excessive panting or salivating
  • anxious or staring expression
  • vomiting
  • collapse or convulsions.

2.       Escape Risk

There is greater opportunity for pets to slip out of your home or vehicle during  summer as doors are left open and there is more coming and going. Think about installing self closing mechanisms on gates and checking the fence to ensure there are no gaps.
Identification by means of a collar and tags or even better a permanently implanted  microchip is advisable.

3.       Garden and Poison Risks

Certain garden plants can be toxic when ingested

  • Check the Animal Poison Control Center website ( to be sure your plants are safe.
  • Ensure that compost piles are off limits to your pets.
  • Do not use rodent or snail bait in areas that pets have access as these can be deadly.
  • Ensure all cleaners, solvents, paints and automotive fluids are handled, stored and disposed of properly so pets can not gain access. Even a very small amount of anti-freeze can be fatal if ingested.

4.       Parasite Risk

Many parasites are more active during the warmer months. We can help ensure your pet is on a parasite prevention plan that is suited to its lifestyle. If you are planning to travel with your pet to an area where heartworm disease is present please contact Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital to discuss what steps you will want to take (604-898-9089).

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