Summer Safety Tips For Pets

Summer Safety Tips For Pets

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Warm weather is finally upon us! It is time to get into the great outdoors, go on adventures, and make new memories. Of course, we can’t forget our furry family members at home. In preparation for the summer activities, let’s talk about some warm weather safety tips for our pets. 


 Lookout For Heatstroke While Having Fun In The Sun

Pay close attention to the heat and humidity each day before walking your pet. Animals do not have nearly as many sweat glands as we do, which makes cooling off more challenging. Heatstroke is an all-too-common, preventable emergency seen in the summer. Heatstroke is exposure to an excessive amount of heat leading to heat exhaustion. While all animals can overheat, brachycephalic breeds like pugs and bulldogs, arctic breeds like the Siberian Husky, or overweight pets are more predisposed. Some medical conditions such as laryngeal paralysis and cardiovascular disease can also increase susceptibility to heat exhaustion. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, stumbling, generalized weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse. If you are concerned your pet may be experiencing heatstroke, please get them to a veterinarian immediately. Avoid placing ice on your pet. Ice actually traps more heat in their body. Instead, you could place cool damp cloths over them while in transit to your veterinarian. 

Let’s review some tips to help prevent your pet from overheating. With high temperatures, it is always important to first touch the pavement with your barefoot or hand. If it feels too hot for your skin, it is too hot for your pet’s feet. Plan walks in the early morning or late evening (as needed) to avoid thermal burns and heat exhaustion. Avoid allowing your pet to overexert themselves while playing. Always pack clean, cool water for your pet to stay hydrated and ensure there are some shaded areas where you are going.