The long hot days of summer don’t have to be hazardous to
your pet’s health. A little precaution can go a long way in
keeping your pet healthy this summer!
- Never leave your pet in a parked car in warm weather; the temperature inside the car can easily reach 120º on a sunny day in a matter of minutes!
- Provide plenty of cool and clean drinking water in a bowl that can not tip over.
- Limit exercise to the cooler hours of the early morning or late evening.
- On very warm days leave the air conditioning on at home while you are at work.
- Be sure your pet is vaccinated against infectious disease and is on a monthly heartworm, flea and tick control program.
- Keep your pet’s kennel in a well-ventilated and shaded area where they can avoid midday sun and heat. When outside, your pet must have a shady and sheltered place to rest as well as water at all times.
- Direct consumption of lawn herbicides and pesticides may be fatal. Keep your pet out of the yard for 3 days after treatment.
- Pets should be kept well groomed; long hair and mats should be clipped to help cool your pet and prevent skin disease.
- If you are traveling, leave your veterinarian’s number and a number where you can be reached for your pet sitter in case of emergency.
Heat Stroke can be deadly to your pet!
Signs of Heat Stroke are:
- bright red tongue
- warm dry skin
- anxious expression
- not obeying commands
- rapid heartbeat
If you notice the above symptoms, take immediate action by lowering your pet’s body temperature. Immerse your pet in cool (not ice-cold) water or spray it with a hose, then rush your pet to your veterinarian for continued treatment.