It's great to enjoy summer with your pet. But it's also the time when they have the greatest risk of injury and heat-related health problems. So here are some ups on keeping things cool this summer.
Rapid panting, hot skin, twitching muscles, a dazed look. Wrap them in a towel soaked with cool, not cold, water. In severe cases, place them in the bathtub. Heatstroke can be fatal. See us as soon as possible.
Not even if you crack the windows or park in the shade. On a 70 degree day, the car temperature can rise above 150 degrees in minutes. It's extremely dangerous. And the Number One cause of heatstroke.
This is the time when most pets come in contact with other animals, at parks, campgrounds, etc.
Dogs can only sweat through the pads of their feet and by panting. Evaporation from the wet surfaces of their mouth and nose helps lower body temperature.
Fleas, ticks and ear mites thrive in warm, humid environments. See us for a preventative program.
Be sure your dog has been heartworm tested and is on a preventive.
Sensitive paws burn easily.
For indoor pets, keep the air circulating with a child-proof fan or air conditioner. Provide shade for outdoor pets. And a gentle sprinkle from a hose is always appreciated.
Don't let your pet roam. Just in case -- make sure your pet is licensed. we see twice as many fight injuries and bite wounds in summer. And, of course, your pet is no match for a car.
Be cautious of pesticides and herbicides. Read the precautions for lawn chemicals carefully and keep pets away from newly-treated yards. If pets come in contact with chemicals, wash their feet, abdomen and chest thoroughly, then contact us.
Frequent brushing provides early warning of parasites and skin infections by lifting the coat, permitting a view of the skin below.
People sneeze. Pets scratch. Common pet allergies include pollen, grass, and weeds. If your pet scratches excessively or chews at its paws, bring it in for an exam. We can design a program to help.
Don't encourage excercise during the hottest part of the day. And let them eat less. Overeating can lead to overheating.
Animals in the water for the first time should be eased in, never thrown or chased in. Don't let them drink from pools, streams or the ocean. And, if they swim, rinse them off. Salt and minerals can damage a dog's coat.
It hurts. Short-haired pets and those with pink skin and white hair are especially susceptible. Limit their exposure.
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