Summer Concerns and Dangers

Summer brings with it a time of special concerns related to warm weather activities, travel, increased prevalence of certain diseases, and parasites. It can be helpful to be aware of these risks so you know how to best protect your pet.

Summer Activities and Travel

Make certain you talk with your vet about your pet’s lifestyle, including if you plan to travel with your pet, or if your pet will be swimming, hiking, or camping with you. Exposure to new situations may mean revised recommendations for vaccinations or parasite prevention in order to keep your pet healthy. Additionally, you may like to discuss any special considerations for your pet’s comfort and safety on long car trips. Remember even if you and your pet will not be leaving the Northern Michigan region for travel, many diseases, including leptospirosis, parvovirus, tick-borne diseases, and heartworm disease are more prevalent in the warmer season. See your veterinarian to ensure your pet is currently well protected!

Fleas and Ticks

Warmer months mean potential exposure to fleas and ticks, and the diseases they carry. These parasitic infestations are much easier to prevent than to eliminate. Your veterinarian can help you select the best preventive product for your pet. Remember that some products which are safe for dogs can be toxic to cats and other animals. Never apply a dog’s flea and tick preventive to a cat or rabbit!

Heat Stroke

We all recognize how easy it is to get overheated during hot weather. Add in the energy, enthusiasm, and thick coats of many of our pets and this can provide a recipe for heat stroke, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition. If your pet is spending time out of doors in warm weather, make sure he or she has access to shade and plenty of cool, clean drinking water. Never leave your pet unattended in the car in warm weather, even for a few minutes. If you notice your pet seems listless or weak, or experiences collapse or a temperature above 102.5, contact your vet immediately. Additionally, if your pet has a thin coat or a pale “complexion”, (think, white boxer), he or she may be susceptible to sunburn. Avoid long periods out in the sun with these animals. Your vet may also be able to recommend a safe sunblock for canine companions.

What our Clients are Saying

Since Dr. Lynch's return to practice, my Senior dog's problem of many years has improved tremendously with VOM, Acupuncture/Acupressure and Chinese herbs. Dr. Lynch's ability to assess the symptoms and zero in on an effective treatment was remarkable. I am thrilled to have these alternative veterinary services available in Traverse City.

~ Cindy H.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lynch for treatment. The acupuncture treatments that he has done for my cat, Maxx, have done a world of good. It has made a huge difference and the effects from the treatments have been immediate for Maxx. It is so nice to have this treatment option available.

~ Lori F.

I love everyone at Companion Animal Hospital!!!! Best place to take your pets, hands down! Miss seeing you all...I could have never asked for a better group of people to help with my babies

~ Emily H.

We have been taking our two cats and one dog to Dr. Izo for many years. She is an excellent, caring and down to earth person, who is a remarkable at what she does and the care she provides. The entire staff at CAHTC is great to deal with and they truly have your pet's best interest at heart.

~ Mark H.

Thanks to the entire staff of Companion Animal Hospital for tirelessly working with me to assist my dog with her fear of nail cutting! She is now able to have this procedure without any fears or resistance! Additionally the wellness care and the sincere interest in her from the staff is so nice. Always pleasant and professional the Doctors and staff are above average. I recommend this Animal Hospital to all my friends and co-workers and many now use them with the same satisfaction.

~ Denise B.

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