Top 5 preventable summer conditions

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It’s always fun to make your pet a part of your summer adventures, but be aware of these conditions and take preventative measures to help your pets stay happy and healthy.

According to the ASPCA, the top five preventable summer conditions are:

1. Heat Stroke:

Estimated cost of care: $400 to $1,000.
Cost to prevent: FREE.
How to prevent: Keeping your pets cool and hydrated is as simple as giving them access to shade and cool water.

2. Fleas/Ticks:

Estimated cost of care: $300 to $2,000 for the treatment of Lyme disease or flea dermatitis.
Cost to prevent: approximately $150 for a three-month supply of preventative treatment.
How to prevent: When taking your dog hiking or for a run in the park, always be sure to check for ticks. Call your veterinarian if you find a tick attached to your pet.

3. Sand/Saltwater Ingestion:

Estimated cost of care: $150 for an emergency visit or more for treatment, depending on the severity.
Cost to prevent: FREE.
How to prevent: Always keep an eye on your pets if you bring them to the beach. If you can’t trust them not to eat or drink everything they see, then it might be best to leave them home.

4. Over-ingestion of fatty/rich foods or alcohol:

Estimated cost of care: $2,000 to $4,500.
Estimated cost to prevent: FREE.
How to prevent: If you are having a barbeque, tell your guests to not give your dog any table scraps, no matter how cute their puppy eyes are. Alcohol has the same effect on animals as it does on humans and can cause decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

5. High-rise syndrome (falling out of opened, unscreened windows from tall buildings):

Estimated cost: $1,500 to $4,000.
Cost to prevent: $20.
How to prevent: Protecting your pet from injuries such as ruptured lungs, broken limbs and a broken jaw is as affordable as purchasing a screen for your windows at any local home improvement store.

For more information, please visit ASPCA.org.

Jodi G. Thomson was born and raised in Seattle WA, she and her husband relocated to Houston TX in 2010. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and their pets.

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