PET HEALTH CORNER: Cottage Safety
Heading up to the cottage for a weekend away with your pet can be lots of fun! But there are some things you need to keep in mind to make sure your pet is comfortable and safe from our fact sheet: Cottage Safety for your pet.
Making the drive up
Keep the car at a comfortable temperature using air conditioning when necessary (never leave your pet alone inside the vehicle, even with windows partially open, it only takes minutes for an animal to develop heatstroke);
- Feed your pet a light meal at least four hours before the trip (to help prevent car sickness);
- Prevent your pet from sticking her head out the window (sudden stops and debris can cause injury);
- Schedule rest stops every two to four hours for exercise, bathroom and water breaks (bring a litter box for cats);
- Attach your pet’s leash before opening the car door (to prevent accidental escapes);
- If your pet’s not used to travelling use a harness (it’s more difficult for your pet to wriggle out of); and
- Keep the car sound system volume moderate due to the sensitivity of dogs’ and cats’ hearing.
Healthy = happy!
- Pets always need protection against disease and parasites, such as fleas and ticks, especially at the cottage. Speak with your veterinarian about flea and tick medications to help prevent these parasites from infesting your pet while you enjoy the great outdoors.
- Make sure your pet is up-to-date with vaccines, especially the rabies vaccine, before you go to the cottage.
- Have the phone number of a veterinarian in your cottage area, just in case you need emergency veterinary attention.
Swim time? Follow these tips
Remove chain training or slip collars before your dog goes into the water. These collars can snag a dog on hidden underwater obstacles, such as plants, branches or debris.
- Watch the water before allowing your dog to swim. Moving water can be dangerous dogs. Even if the water appears to be moving slowly, the volume of moving water can make it difficult for a dog to swim against the current. If the current or wind appears too strong have your dog splash close to shore and use a leash or long light line to keep your dog nearby.
- Check the water temperature. A dog will generally tire out more quickly in cold water and can lose energy, develop cramps and be at risk for hypothermia (dog’s temperature drops too low).
- Watch your dog swimming at ALL times. Be careful to call your dog out of the water before he’s too tired – a tired dog has a much higher risk of drowning.
For more great cottage safety tips, check out the full fact sheet!
We have supported the OSPCA since 1951
We have supported OSPCA since our arrival in Canada in 1951. Keep up the greatest T.L.C. for animals.