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barks feature | the secrets of sunshine travel travails Preventing disaster during summer isn’t confined to roaming, pollens and parasites. Pet parents need to be on the lookout for risks on the road and stresses at home, like: swerving schedules Kids home from school, schedule changes and household guests can cause anxiety in your pet. Try to keep to a routine and provide a place to retreat from the summer fun. sizzling sidewalks Before heading out for a walk on hot days, check roadways and sidewalks to gauge their temperature. Once temps climb above 80ºF, don’t take long walks with your dog. communal cooties Boarded pets are at higher risk for infectious diseases (especially canine influenza) and pet sitters can transmit bacteria and viruses between home visits. Be sure whoever takes care of your pet follows proper hygiene and disease prevention procedures. highway hazards Pet harnesses and carriers can’t do their job if they’re not buckled into the car correctly. Be sure to test that they’re secure. During roadside stops, keep a tight hold on pets and avoid potty areas used by other animals. puddle problems Serious diseases such as leptospirosis and giardiasis hide in lakes and standing water during summer. Don’t let your pet drink from puddles or lakes; always carry fresh water with you. Summer sunshine gives us more than just a few extra hours of daylight; it also gives us the chance to spend more time with loved ones. I cherish the long, lazy days of summer and the adventures we share with our pets. Maybe it’s primal instincts, perhaps it’s serotonin, or it could be the natural rhythm of life that makes summertime so special. Whatever the reason, enjoy every second with your loved ones — because love is the true secret of sunshine.


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