Dogs and cats do not sweat in the same way that we do. Temperatures inside a hot car can rise to harmful levels within minutes on a hot day, resulting in shock, collapse and death. Never leave a pet in a car on a warm day. If you plan to take your dog along for a day at the beach or a hike, ensure they have their own fresh water, provide rest in shade.



Poses a major risk for both cats and dogs as it can be fatal if ingested. Slug bait typically contains the poison metaldehyde which tastes sweet to pets. Don’t let you pet run through gardens; know the symptoms of toxicity.



Transmitted by mosquitoes, this serious disease if left untreated can cause major problems. If travelling to endemic areas during heartworm season (May-October) ensure your pet is protected by use of a monthly preventative. Annual blood testing is recommended for pets on heartworm medications. Speak to your vet for more info.



If ingested, rat poison can lead to internal bleeding and death. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested rat poison.








Most fertilizers contain a wide assortment of potentially toxic substances. Many also contain pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Exposure or ingestion could cause gastrointestinal upset, try to avoid areas where fertilizer has been used.



If your pet must stay outside, ensure they have cool, shaded shelter from the sun and hot pavement. Fresh water should always be available.



Due to our mild climate in Vancouver, fleas and ticks are a problem year round. Fleas can cause a multitude of skin problems and allergies; ticks can carry Lyme disease. Ensure your pet is on monthly prevention for both pesky parasites.



Dogs love swimming and ball chasing.  When tossing a ball, make sure it isn’t small enough to be swallowed. Check your dog’s paws after swimming and running for abrasions from asphalt or barnacles. Rinse your dog off thoroughly after swimming in the ocean or stagnant water.



Like us, dogs and cats can have allergic reactions to bee stings; don’t let your pet chase or snap at bees. Call you veterinarian if you think your pet has been stung.


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