Water and Exercise – Make sure your pets have plenty of access to fresh water on walks. Also, overdoing it can cause overheating. Keep walks to a gentle pace and if your pet is panting a lot or seems tired, it's time to stop.
Sunscreen – Apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin. Light-skinned pets and thick-coated animals that have been shaved for the summer especially need to have sunscreen applied.
Toxins – Watch out for antifreeze and other chemicals that could have been washed into puddles in the street. Dogs love a good puddle.
Humid days – “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” When we overheat, we sweat. Dogs and cats have sweat glands only in their feet which doesn’t allow for much relief. They pant to alleviate overheating, but humidity interferes with animals' ability to expel excess body heat this way.
Extra precaution – Elderly, very young, ill animals, overweight pets and the brachycephalic breeds (pugs, bulldogs, Himalayan cats) have a hard time regulating their body temperature, so make sure they stay cool and out of the sun.
Car – Never leave your pet in the car. The sun can raise the temperature inside your car in a matter of MINUTES, even with the windows rolled down.
Heatstroke – Heatstroke is a medical EMERGENCY, and even with treatment, it can be fatal. If you suspect heatstroke, you must quickly lower the animal's body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water (not cold) to the hairless body areas. This is an emergency situation and your pet needs immediate veterinary care! Signs of heatstroke are:
- Excessive panting
- Anxious expression
- High fever
- Staring Warm, dry skin
- Rapid heartbeat
Please keep your pet safe and happy this Summer.
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