The heat is coming! It is important to learn about and understand some hot weather safety tips for your pets.
Summer days means more time outdoors with your furry family members. Be aware of hot temperatures and take precautions in order to prevent overheating.
- Lots of clean, cold water! Pets can quickly dehydrate when the weather is hot and humid so be sure water is always accessible as well as a nice cool spot out of the sun.
- Know what to look for! Symptoms of overheating in pets include, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
- Flat faces! Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Pool safety! Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
- No Cars! Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, but it is also illegal in several states!
- Time for a trim! Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
- Hot ground! When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- Not so fun fireworks! Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.
- Prevention is important! Hot and humid weather calls for mosquitos and fleas. YUCK! These pests can cause discomfort toward your pet and your home. Be sure to get your furry pal on Heartworm and Flea/Tick prevention! Here at The Pet Stop, we offer a variety of trusted preventative options for your pets. Give us a call at 877-704-3893 or order online at www.petstopclinic.com.