Memorial Day 2023 is behind us. By popular AZ standards, that means summer is officially here in Arizona…if not quite meteorologically (yet)!
There are unique challenges and opportunities that come with owning a pet (and providing veterinary care!) in the state of Arizona at this time of year. From the scorching heat to the diverse wildlife and landscapes, Arizona offers a unique environment for both humans and animals alike. So, what can we do to keep our pets safe in Arizona over the next four or five months of summer?
Here are some tips, reminders, and links with more information!
Protecting Against Desert Dangers
Living in the desert climate of Arizona presents certain risks and challenges for our pets. As responsible pet owners, it’s crucial to be aware of these dangers and take proactive measures to protect our furry friends. From venomous creatures like rattlesnakes and scorpions to the scorching heat, educate yourself on how to safeguard your pets against these hazards, including learning tips on prevention, recognizing signs of distress, and providing emergency first aid.
One key thing – Do not go hiking in the summer sun in the lower deserts, especially with your pet!
Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips
Arizona summers are intense, with soaring temperatures that can pose a significant threat to pets. In this blog from last summer, we shared a few essential summer safety tips to help you keep your pets cool and comfortable during the hottest months. From proper hydration and avoiding heatstroke to understanding the signs of overheating and implementing effective cooling techniques, it’s important for you to have the knowledge you need to protect your pets from Arizona’s blistering heat.
One Two key things – Never leave your pet in your car unattended, and be careful of their paws on hot asphalt.
Navigating Wildlife Encounters
Arizona boasts a rich variety of wildlife, from coyotes and bobcats to javelinas and even the occasional encounter with a wild reptile. Understanding how to coexist with these animals while keeping our pets safe is crucial. Here’s some great information on what to do in wildlife encounters in Arizona with your dog.
One key thing – Keep your dog calm, keep eye contact & make yourself big, make noise, and back away – never turn and run away from animal predators.
Dealing with Monsoon Season
Arizona’s monsoon season can bring heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, dust storms, strong winds, and flash floods. This weather can be unsettling for pets, causing anxiety and stress. Do you best to make your pets feel secure during monsoons. Try to create a calming environment within your home, maybe a crate, turn the TV up or the radio, try a Thundershirt. It’s also important to microchip your pets and update their identification information in case they become lost during extreme weather events.
One key thing – Keep them inside; dust storms can carry valley fever.
Ensuring Pet-Friendly Adventures
Arizona is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and many pet owners love exploring the state’s stunning natural landscapes with their furbabies. If you’re planning pet-friendly adventures, including hiking cool forest trails up north, early morning visits to dog parks, or pet-friendly accommodations, make sure your dog is protected with the necessary vaccinations and preventative medications – like for Heartworm . Heartworm is a parasite transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can be fatal. Do you best to protect your pet against ticks, fleas, and other parasites that may be prevalent in outdoor environments.
One key thing – Prevention is always better than trying to find a cure.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Living in Arizona offers unique challenges and opportunities for pet owners, especially in summer. By staying informed and taking proactive measures, we can ensure the well-being of our furry friends and help them thrive in this diverse and vibrant state. If you have specific concerns or questions about any of the things we talk about here, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Call 480.774.6995 to schedule an appointment with Compassionate Animal Care today.