Summer Hazards: Hiking

As Summer approaches and the temperatures increase, we need to keep our pets safe from the possible dangers that arise during this time of year. It is important to be aware of the hazards that you may come across such as rattlesnake bites, heatstroke, fleas and ticks. As you start to spend more time outdoors with your pets, whether you are going hiking, to the beach or the park, your pet’s safety needs to come first.

Rattlesnake Bites

Sometimes it is not that easy to avoid rattlesnakes, especially when the temperatures are rising during these hot summer months. If your pet does get bit, you should head to the nearest Vet Hospital for Emergency Care. Here are a few helpful tips from Dr. Sara Neumann to get you and your pet prepared:

  • Attend a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Class
  • Put up Rattlesnake Fencing in your yard, especially if you live in an area where they are prominent
  • Get a Rattlesnake Vaccine, this can help buy some time to get to your local vet after your pet has been bit.
  • Don’t let your pets play around in the bushes, keep them on the designated path


Remember that cats and dogs are not able to cool off like humans can. They are wearing a thick fur coat year-round, no matter what the temperature may be, and this can cause a pet to overheat. Here are a few helpful tips from Dr. Eric Kane to keep in mind when taking your pet out in the heat:

  • NEVER leave your animals in the car, since temperatures inside a vehicle are far higher than it is outside.
  • You should walk your dogs before 9 am and after 6 pm, when the temperatures are below 75 degrees.
  • Make sure to keep your pet’s well hydrated and out of direct sunlight for long periods of time.
  • Also, be mindful of hot surfaces such as cement and asphalt because our pets do not have protection on their paws. We recommend purchasing a pair of booties to protect their feet!

Fleas and Ticks

These pests happen to be around all year, but they are more prominent in the summer months. It is very important to make sure that your pet is protected from fleas and ticks by giving them a monthly medication. Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital recommends using Nexgard, a once a month flea and tick chewable tablet! Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your pets are protected from these horrible pests:

  • Make sure to give/apply flea and tick medication monthly
  • Check your pet daily for fleas and ticks, especially if they have been running through bushes
  • If your pet does get fleas, give them a flea bath and make sure to clean all surfaces within the house.

Summer is upon us and we need to be aware of the risks that are associated with it. Remember that we are a 24 hour Emergency Pet Hospital and are here to help when you are experiencing those unexpected pet injuries or concerns. Give us a call at 805-495-4671 and our staff is willing to walk you through your concerns and help you stay calm during these high stress situations.

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