No one wants to add the veterinary emergency room to their list of summertime destinations. Steer clear of making an unplanned trip by avoiding the following summer dangers.

The heat

When the mercury rises, so does the risk of heat exhaustion. Pets can quickly become overheated and, untreated, can suffer internal organ damage. Never leave pets alone in a car, no matter how short a period. Always offer fresh, cool water and a place to seek refuge from the sun. Use common sense when engaging in outdoor activities and try to spend time outdoors only during the coolest parts of the day.

Extra treats

Slipping Fido some of your burger at a barbeque may seem like a nice thing to do, but many pets do not tolerate changes in their normal diet very well. Table food may cause digestive upset, leading to vomiting and/or diarrhea and can even trigger serious episodes of pancreatitis.

Unintended treats

Summer often means get-togethers. When people gather, there are usually lots of new, tasty things for pets to help themselves to. Keep an eye on unsupervised alcoholic beverages as well as the trash.

Motorized vehicles

Never let pets off leash around vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, or ATVs. It only takes a few seconds for tragedy to occur.

Unattended swimming

Many pets enjoy a dip in the pool, but not all pets know how to swim. Never let your pet swim unattended. If you have a pool, be sure to teach your dog how to get out of the water.

We hope that you and your pets have a safe, happy summer!