Summer Pet Care from Local Pros

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By Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

A view of Media City Animal Hospital in Burbank.

The mercury is rising, the days are longer and the clothes are skimpier. Now imagine an arid, 90-degree day as a cat or dog! Your four-legged friend has a permanent fur coat on, so the doctors and staff at Media City Animal Hospital in Burbank have some tips on how to keep your fuzzy babies cool, healthy and happy all summer long!

— Taking your dog out for a summer hike is a great idea as the exercise is great for the both of you. However, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, as this is the time of year that they slither out on to trails and can cause fatal harm to your pet. You may want to consider vaccinating your dog against poisonous rattlesnake bites.

— As mentioned, exercise is fantastic to keep your pets happy, active and healthy, however, in the sweltering heat, be sure not to overdo it. Be sure to have plenty of water available for proper hydration regardless of if you’re playing around at home or strolling through town.

— It may be common sense, but it bears repeating, never leave a pet unattended inside of a locked car. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside of the car can rise to fatal levels, causing your pet to succumb to heat stroke in a short amount of time. Additionally, leaving your pet outdoors for extended periods of time on a hot day is also harmful, so be sure that they have a shady, cool area available for them if they can’t be left indoors – in the air conditioning.

From l, Kristy Caldwell, RVT, and Isabel Chan, DVM, give their four-legged pal some TLC.

— Mosquitoes and heat can lead to heartworm, and since these are common during these next few months, prevention is key. Ask your veterinarian today about heartworm prevention options.

The doctors and staff at Media City Animal Hospital are committed to you and your precious pets. Dedicated to customer service, high quality medicine and pet care values; the close-knit team is available Monday though Saturday to take care of your pet’s every need.

Specializing in dogs and cats of every stage of life, Media City also offers emergency services, dental care, illness treatments, vaccinations, minor surgeries like spaying and neutering and hospitalization of chronically ill animals.

So if you’re looking to find great pet care as well as more valuable tips on keeping your dog or cat healthy this summer and beyond, make your appointment to see Dr. Chan, Dr. Fogel, Dr. Koskenmaki or Dr. Levitt right away. Visit them at 1509 W. Burbank Blvd. in Burbank; online at www.mediacityvets.com or call (818) 848-5007 today!

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