Summer Heat Hints

As the temperature rises, so does our concern for the safety of our cats and dogs. Heat stroke, burns, dehydration, and heat exhaustion are all health problems that could affect our pets.

Some basic guidelines and tips:
·      Provide any outdoor pet shade and cool water to drink.
·      Check on the water supply frequently.
·      Add a couple of ice cubes or frozen treats to the dog bowl to help keep them cool.

Remember that when it’s hot, different rules apply and sometimes you have to rearrange your schedule to accommodate your pets.
·      Remind your family and your pet sitters to walk the dog in the morning, before 9, or the evening, after 7.
·      Avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day. The cement and black top in our city can burn the paw pads of your pup.
·      Be on the lookout for excessive licking of their feet, blisters or peeling of the paw pads, or a lack of use of the foot, such as limping or holding it up.

Likewise, sometimes extremely hot weather can be an inconvenience, but your vigilance can be the difference between a happy, healthy pet and a visit to the veterinarian or worse yet, the emergency clinic.  Never leave your pet or child in a car. No matter how short you think your trip will be, you are taking a risk that could cost a life. Cars can heat up to temperatures that are life threatening in a matter of minutes. If you can't bring them in to your destination, leave the pets at home. If you find a pet locked in car, call the non-emergency police phone number for help.

We know that people love to exercise with their dogs, but a few problems could arise that dog owners who regularly run with their dogs need to know:
·      If you run with your dog or you hired a dog runner please schedule your runs in the early morning or the late evening, preferably before 7:00 AM or after 8:00PM.
·      Running during the day could result in a medical emergency known as heat stroke or heat exhaustion- The normal body temperature for a dog is between 100.5° to 102.5° and after running that temperature can reach dangerously high numbers.
·      A dog that is overheating needs medical intervention. Signs of a dog that is suffering from heat stroke are as follows: excessive drooling, increased panting or respiratory efforts, rapid, irregular heartbeats, wobbly gait, uncoordinated movements, lethargy and/or weakness, shade seeking behavior, and glazed eyes

If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke please get them to our hospital or an emergency animal hospital as soon as possible. You can help lower your pet’s temperature by covering the animal with cool, wet towels. Do not use ice or very cold water as this can cause more complications by shocking the dog's system.

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation for you and your family. Make sure to keep your pets safe so everyone has a good summer.

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Blog by Laura T.

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