Please be aware of these concerns during the summer.
FOXTAILS! Can get in ears, eyes, lungs and noses – keep your pet out of fields of the weed or consider protection such as the outfox for dogs: https://www.outfoxfordogs.com/
HEAT! DO NOT RISK leaving your pet in a car on a hot day. Too many pets have died when owners felt they would only be gone for a “minute”. Here is a downloadable/printable hot car flyer you can use to help educate others http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/hot_car_flyer.pdf. Remember pets don’t sweat so their ability to relieve body heat can be limited. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html
SNAKES! If you live in the hot dry areas of the Santa Cruz or Santa Lucia mountains or visit dry places like Garland Park then consider rattlesnakes as a risk during the hot part of the day. Dogs investigate with their noses (and get bit there) and cats with their paws. You can consider snake aversion training http://socalrattlesnakeavoidancetraining.com/ or a vaccine if your pet is high risk https://www.embracepetinsurance.com/waterbowl/article/rattlesnake-vaccine.
You can find more information through your regular veterinarian or in these BirchBark blogs:
Blog Post Author:
Merrianne Burtch, DVM, DACVIM