Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

Be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke – rapid panting, hot skin, twitching muscles, a dazed look, vomiting, or collapse. Heat stroke is a very serious condition and can be fatal. If you notice signs of heat stroke, wrap your pet in a cool towel or place him in a cool bath – then contact a veterinarian immediately.

Use judgment when leaving your pet in the car – if you plan to leave your pet in the car, find a cool shaded area, leave the windows partially open to allow for ventilation and only leave your pet for a short period of time.

Provide your pet with plenty of fresh water – on hot days, your pet needs lots of water in order to replace the fluids it has lost through panting and sweating. Try ice cubes in your pet’s water to increase drinking.

Find a cool spot – give your pet a cool comfortable place to rest. Air conditioning, fans or cool
basements help indoor pets stay cool. In order to stay cool, outdoor pets require shade and may enjoy an occasional swim.

Swimming! – not all pets enjoy swimming. Allow your pet to ease into the water, never throw or chase him into the water.

Protect your pet from burns - hot pavement and sand can easily burn sensitive paws. Pets can also get sunburned – shorthaired pets and those with pink skin and white hair are especially susceptible.

Watch exercise and diet – don’t encourage exercise during the hottest part of the day and let your pets eat less. If you exercise your pet near mealtime, feed at least one hour after exercise. Feeding prior to exercise or playtime can lead to gastrointestinal complications.

Keep vaccinations up to date – this is the time when pets come in contact with other animals, at parks, the dog park, campgrounds, etc. All vaccinations should be up to date.

Beware of seasonal poisons – if you are using mouse bait, ant and roach traps, or other pesticides, place them in areas inaccessible to your pet. These products often contain ‘yummy’ smelling ingredients that can be attractive yet very harmful to your pet. Lawn treatments can also pose a threat to your pet – so keep pets away from newly treated lawns.

Antifreeze – this isn’t just a winter poison. Cars with air-conditioning can leak antifreeze in the summer and as little as one teaspoon will kill a small dog or cat.

Insect bites – if your pet is stung or bitten and swelling occurs, apply a cold compress to the area and contact us for further details.