As temperatures heat up, it’s a good time to review summer pet health tips and to be aware of common hazards. Remember, you can get a variety of pet health and wellness products at your local Murdoch’s, in addition to healthy food and treat options. Plus, your friendly pets are always welcome in our stores to pick out a new bed, toy, or leash. Bring them in with you!
The following information is sourced from Nationwide pet insurance and the average cost to treat is derived from its claim data. Disclosure: Murdoch’s does business with this company; we offer a voluntary group pet insurance policy to our employees from Nationwide. But the info was too good to keep to ourselves!
- Often caused by trapped water
- Dry your dog thoroughly after bathing or swimming
- Average cost to treat: $149
TIP: Ask your vet about ear cleaning products
- Type of grass common in yards and on paths and hillsides
- Embeds in eyes, ears, noses, paws and skin, often requiring surgical removal
TIP: Check your pet thoroughly after being outdoors
- Signs include rapid panting, vomiting, weakness and seizures.
- It only takes a few minutes to reach deadly temps inside a parked car—even with windows open, even in the shade.
- High noon is no time for exercising; alter your schedule to exercise in the early morning or late afternoon with water at hand.
- Average cost to treat: $574
TIP: Provide plenty of water and a cool place to rest. Murdoch’s invites your friendly dogs on leashes into our stores whenever you shop with us, but especially when summer temps heat up.
- Ingredients dangerous to pets: PABA, zinc oxide and salicylic acid
- Effects range from nausea and diarrhea to organ failure
TIP: Store sunscreen in a closed beach bag, inaccessible to pets
- Pets can get sunburns and skin cancer
- Hot sidewalks are painful and can burn paw pads
- Average cost to treat: $138
TIP: Ask your vet about pet-safe sunscreens
Flea & Tick Meds
- Pyrethrins and pyrethroids (common in flea & tick meds for dogs) are extremely toxic to cats
- Never apply dog flea products on cats
TIP: Read labels thoroughly
- Incidents increase during summer
- Consider buying a pet life jacket or pool ramp
- Average cost to treat: $514
TIP: Take a pet CPR class
- Signs include difficulty breathing, bleeding, shock and organ failure
- Do not attempt first aid—seek immediate veterinary attention instead
TIP: Ask your vet about rattlesnake vaccines. Average cost is $30.
- Undiluted chemicals are corrosive if ingested
- Can cause ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach
TIP: Store pool chemicals in a locked, secure area
- Insect and spider bites can cause allergic reactions and spread disease, including tapeworm, heartworm and even West Nile
- Be sure your dog or cat is tested for heartworm and that you’re using veterinarian-recommended flea and heartworm preventive products.
- Average cost to treat: $144
TIP: Remove standing water in your yard and keep pets away from hives and woodpiles
- Unlike humans, dogs and cats don’t cool off by sweating. Instead, they lose heat and moisture from their tongues by panting.
- This water loss needs to be replaced, especially when you take your pets out for long summer walks or car rides.
TIP: Keep fresh drinking water available at all times.