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5 Reasons to Stay Out of the Pet E.R. This Summer

5 Reasons to Stay Out of the Pet E.R. This Summer

By Tony Johnson

We are all due for a little summer! This winter just wore on and on to the point that, I, a winter-lover to the core, was so sick of it that I couldn't take one more snowflake!

But with summer and the nicer weather come a few things that you will want to avoid. These are the top 5 summertime threats to your pet that I have seen and treated in my 17 years as an emergency vet. Read them and live by them and your pets won't be singing "Summertime Sadness" anytime soon.

5. Fireworks

Lovely to look at, scary for pets! Make sure pets are inside and securely contained on July 4th. Turn up a stereo to drown out the noise and consider staying home yourself. Sedatives from your veterinarian may help take the edge off, but don't count on them to make all the scary go away.

4. Outdoor Activity

They say good fences make good neighbors, but good fences do more than that. A good pet...

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