The summer months are heating up and our four legged companions are just as susceptible to problems from the heat as humans. Animal specialists are urging pet owners to take the same heat and summer precautions with their pets as they would with people.
"They need water and shade constantly, "says Veterinarian Technician Shawni Nemeth. "It helps if you put ice cubes in their water. Just make sure it's really cool. Don't let them in direct sunlight all day long. That's the worst thing. You wouldn't want that, why would you want your pet to have that?"
Another issue facing some pets is allergy season. Animals may not tell you about their watery eyes or running snout but pet allergies, like human allergies, are treatable.
"We get a lot of grass allergies in the spring, pollen we get a lot of pollen, and flea allergies are a big thing this time of year," Nemeth continues. "Basically, we have shots that we can give them. Like a person, you can get a monthly shot. You can prevent the fleas from getting on your animals. Use flea and tick preventative."
Nemeth says if you have any concerns about your pets health it's best to make an appointment with your veterinarian and be safe rather than sorry.