On May 12th we met at our office at 2298 Young for a presentation on summer pet safety from Dr. Stephen Tower. Dr. Tower remarked that he began work as a vet in this community in the same year that the Cooper Young Community Association became official nearly 40 years ago. We are proud to say that since then he and his Memphis Animal Clinic have been wonderful neighbors and great partners with the CYCA.
Some tips that Dr. Tower shared with us included:
- Watch out for Heat Stroke! While dogs can generally be outside in the Memphis heat with no problems, it is very important that they have access to fresh water and shade. They should also be checked on at least once an hour and remain untethered. Short-nosed dogs like pugs, bulldogs, and shi-tzus are much more susceptible to heat than other dogs and should never be left out unattended in the heat. Heat stroke is also possible if dogs are left in cars even on a mild day. A car’s temperature can rise as much as 40 degrees even on cooler days and cracking windows still won’t keep your dog from overheating. Symptoms for heat stroke include excessive panting and the dog laying on it’s side. If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, you should try to cool it with water and head to the vet as soon as possible.
- The 4th of July is the day when the most pet losses occur. If possible, consider keeping your pets inside during the festivities. If you’d like them to have some fun at your annual cookout, be sure that they have a visible collar with appropriate ID, try to keep them on a leash, and ask guests to play with them away from food and alcohol.
- Sprucing up the garden and yard? Pay attention to warning labels on fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides. Be sure to keep all pets, especially cats, away from these potentially harmful chemicals.
- Don’t forget to use preventatives for flees, heart worms, and intestinal worms. These parasites are more active in warm temperatures and can be particularly problematic in the summer.
- If you plan to travel with your pet this summer, be sure to start by checking with your vet for any potential health issues and/or sedatives for the journey. Be sure that your pet never goes to cargo and has appropriate ID as well as adequate food and water. Always try to let your pet have as much exercise as possible depending on your method of travel.
We had a great time brushing up on these important tips and would like to thank Dr. Tower for coming out and sharing these with us. The next general meeting will be on June 9th and will focus on Code Enforcement. We will also have our new Spring event, the Safety, Health, and Fitness Shindig on Saturday, June 6th, at the Peabody Elementary School parking lot from 10 am to 1 pm.