Summer Precautions for your Pets

0 Comments Posted by tcahvet in Events, News, Photos on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011.

Although we are approaching the end of summer, it sure feels like we’re just beginning! We urge everyone to keep in mind that next time you leave for work, go shopping or spend a day in the beach – make sure your pets stay in a cool, shaded, well ventilated area with plenty of fresh water.

These simple preventative measures will keep your pets safe and keep your money in your pocket by avoiding an urgent trip to the animal emergency clinic.

In the last couple of months, we have seen an increase in cases of pets that have suffered the most common heat related problem, heat stroke. Heat stroke, also known as heat stress or hyperpyrexia is a real emergency for pets.  Since dogs don’t sweat like we do, they are unable to dissipate the excess heat and heat stroke may quickly set in.  Some particular short faced breeds such as Pugs or Bulldogs are at higher risk. Even on moderately warm days, an excited dog might show a body temperature increase of 2-5 degrees Fahrenheit. On a 70 degree day for example, temperatures inside a car can soar to over 150 degrees in less than one hour! In addition, every year thousands of pets succumb to heat stroke because they are left inside cars while owners ran “just a few” errands.

Never, never leave your pet inside your vehicle regardless of the reason.

It is possible however to enjoy the summer with your pets and family by simply taking a few precautions.

1. Always be aware of the weather forecast. Knowing the high temperature can help guide your plans for the day.

2. Don’t leave your pet unattended outside or plan heavy exercise on hot, humid days. If your pet is left outdoors, he or she must have access to adequate shade and plenty of fresh water.

3. If you enjoy walking your dog (or cat), opt for the early morning hours or late everning. The cement can be scolding hor and burn their paws. Avoid shaving your dogs coat as it could expose a lightly pigmented dog to potential sunburn. Consult with the Veterinarian for the best grooming options for your pet.

4. When it comes time to run errands, leave your pet at home. Remember, even a few minutes in a hot car is enough to increase your pet’s body temperature dramatically.

If you happen to find your pet disoriented, panting excessively or collapsed in the yard, move him immediately to a cooler environment. Use cool wet towels over his back, armpits and groin to help bring his temperature down. Fans are also helpful and DO NOT USE ICE!

Then, get him to the Veterinarian or the nearest emergency clinic so that they can assess his status and begin life saving treatments. 

If you are planning to take your pets to any outdoor celebrations or cook-outs, check the forecast, find out first if pets are welcome or if fireworks are planned. It might be easier to simply leave the dogs at home rather than risk a run-away or injury.

We hope this information is helpful in keeping your pets safe from the heat this summer. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pets. We’re always here to help!

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