With proper planning and common sense, your pet can stay free from infectious organisms regardless of season or climate. Here are my top tips for pet disease prevention:
- Talk to your veterinarian about the regional and seasonal infectious diseases that could affect your pet.
- Work with your veterinarian to best prevent or to diagnose and treat illness caused by infectious organisms.
- Use topical or oral anti-parasitic medications on a year round basis to protect your pet and family.
- Consider every outdoor circumstance as a potential site where sickness can occur.
- Minimize your pet’s exposure to environments potentially harboring infection (dog park, woods, daycare, kennels, etc).
- Closely observe your pet during outdoor activities in a contained yard.
- Keep your pet on lead during walks, hikes, and runs.
- Provide a fresh, filtered water source at least every 15 minutes to satisfy your pet’s biological urge for hydration and to reduce the urge to seek potentially unsafe water sources.
- Never permit still water to accumulate in locations which may serve as breeding grounds for insects or source of bacteria or parasites.
- Install a fence or other obstructing structure to prevent stray or wild animals from entering your yard.
- Maintain a clean home through weekly vacuuming (and immediately disposing of the canister or bag in the trash away from your home) and washing of both human and pet bedding.
- Regularly brush and bathe your pet to remove parasites and organisms from the skin and coat.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water after touching your pet.
- Never let your pet lick your face, eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with pets when you are sick.
I hope you and your pets have a fun, safe and disease-free summer (and rest of the year).
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