Keeping Your Pets Safe As The Weather Improves

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Spring has sprung and Summer is on it's way. It's fun in the sun for 7-year-old Sebastian Crawford and his new dog Addison.

"I like to play with him a lot," said Sebastian.

It's not all fun and games. There are things that could stop a good time for your pet.

"There are fleas," said Dr. Kim Jacobi from Southtowns Animal Hospital. "Ticks we see hit and miss. Leptosperosis is a bacteria infection."

Sebastian is taking the proactive approach by stopping problems before they start.

"We brought Addison here today so she can get her shots," he said.

Dr. Jacobi says you must know your stuff when it comes to illness prevalent this summer. She says she helps pet owners get informed.

"We like to educate our clients and tell them 'if your animal is an "outdoorsy" type, you really should do the vaccine,'" she said.

Although many animals like to bask in the sun, heat can also be your pet's worst enemy--especially your dog.

"It doesn't even have to be that hot," said Dr. Jacobi. "You could have a 75 degree day and your dog is running around and panting. He can't get rid of the heat so he may overheat."

Jacobi says you always want to have plenty of water available. Symptoms of heat exhaustion for animals are weakness, being lethargic, their tongues hanging out of their mouth, and red eyes.

"The best thing to do is immerse them in cool water and bring them over and put a fan on them," she said.

Jacobi says these few tips can make things a lot more comfortable for your animal.

As for Sebastian and Addison, they 're ready for a healthy and happy season.

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