Protect Against the Summer Scaries

By Taylor Mundy

Summer is finally here!  We all enjoy fun in the sun with our four-legged family members.  However, summer poses unique risks to your pet’s health.  Leaving pets in parked cars isn’t the only tragic mistake people make that can harm or even kill their pet.  Keep your pet safe this summer by following these tips.

Archer enjoying a beach day in Nova Scotia

Pet vs Porcupine – Porcupine quills are very dangerous and can be life-threatening.  Once buried, quills will migrate slowly and start to move deeper into the body.  Quills (especially ones entering the chest or abdomen) have a risk of finding their way to a vital organ, causing severe damage or death.  Do not attempt to pull them out.  Instead, keep your pet as calm as possible and seek veterinary care immediately.

Tick-Tock – While ticks can live all year round, tick activity increases with spring and summer temperatures.  According to the CVMA, tick population has grown 10x over the past two decades – yikes!   Don’t be a tick magnet and learn what to do to protect you and your pet from everyone’s least favourite tourist: the tick.  More information can be found here.

Paws & Pavement – Hot pavement or asphalt can burn your pet’s sensitive footpads.  Walk your dog in early morning or evening when outdoor surfaces are coolest.  To test surfaces before letting your dog walk on them, press your hand onto them for 30 seconds.  If it’s painful for you, it will be painful for your pet.  Avoid walking, running, exercising or playing with your pet during peak heat.

Fireworks – Who doesn’t love a great fireworks display?  Most animals, actually!  Many pets have extreme anxiety and panic when they hear fireworks.  Running away from the noise is a survival instinct and many pets go missing.  It is best to keep your pet inside at home, so they are safe and secure.

Dogs & Hot Cars – High temperatures make it difficult for pets to cool themselves and heatstroke can be fatal.  On top of potentially losing your furry bestie, you could be fined $697.50.  Our SPCA Enforcement Officers locked themselves in a parked car on a warm day to demonstrate the dangers.  Learn more and watch the video by clicking here.

By taking precautions to ensure your pet is cool and safe, you’ll both enjoy a wonderful summer!

Taylor Mundy

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Bonnie. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local animals in need.