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Summertime – It’s a Dog’s & Cat’s Life

The warm “dog days” of summer means paying attention to pet safety, both dogs and cats, to keep your furry friends healthy during the months of sun and fun.

  1. Never leave your pet in the car. Though it may seem cool outside, the sun can quickly raise the heat inside to a fatal degree.
  2. Give your pets lots of fresh water during the summer.
  3. Pets can get sunburned, even through fur. You can rub sun block on unprotected areas like the tips of their ears, the skin around their lips, and the tip of their nose.
  4. Clip dogs with very thick, heavy hair.
  5. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain harmful chemicals.
  6. Humidity interferes with a pet’s ability get rid of of excess body heat, so keep animals indoors. Pets only perspire around their paws, which is not enough to cool their body.
  7. Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert themselves, especially if they are old, very young or ill.
  8. Dogs with snub noses, such as Pekingese, have a hard time staying cool because they can’t pant efficiently, so they also need to stay out of the heat.
  9. Animals shouldn’t be left outside unsupervised on long, hot days, even in the shade.
  10. Keep an eye out for heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency.

Signs of heatstroke in pets:

  • Panting
  • Anxious expression
  • Staring
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • High fever
  • Warm, dry skin
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Collapse