These high temperatures are not only hazardous to humans but also to pets!

An half Pomeranian, half Chihuaha Dog panting.
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We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger!

Even the healthy pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat.  Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, call us immediately at (614)888-4050.

Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated rather quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms of  overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees). Did you know?  Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No Parking!
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. A parked car, on a hot day, can become a furnace in a matter of minutes-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Keep in mind that leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.

Make a Safe Splash
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

Summer haircut
Giving your pet a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating.  Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Street Smarts
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your pet linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

If you should have any questions regarding the health of your pet or notice some signs of heat related illness, give us a call immediately at 614-888-4050 right!

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