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Here Comes Summer

July 18, 2015

Warm days and long evenings invite families and pets to explore the great outdoors. Have safe fun by being aware of potential health hazards.

Cheat grass is an invasive grass found everywhere. It grows in long stalks with brushy stickers. Cheat grass easily gets caught in hair between toes, in ears, nose and under eyelids. Have your pet examined if you see them squinting, sneezing or chewing on paws after being outside.

Mushrooms grow quickly during our wet spring days. They cause a variety of symptoms including a drunken gait, vomiting, and muscle twitching. Examine your yard daily and remove them before they become a problem.

Algae bloom, also known as pond scum, can be spotted by its bluish-green, grassy or soupy appearance. Algae blooms occur in July and August in the Cascade Lakes. Blooms can affect the nervous system, liver, and digestive tract.   Symptoms include skin irritation, staggering gait, vomiting and diarrhea. Prevent your pets from swimming in suspicious looking water.

Salmon poisoning is a potentially fatal disease caused by ingesting an organism found in raw salmon. Tularemia is caused by bacteria that lives in rabbits and rodents. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and depression. Prevent your pets from eating these critters.

Our long evenings are a great time for walks. Be safe by leasing your pet to keep them away from other dogs and cars.

Have fun this summer and be safe.

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