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How to keep your pets safe in the summer heat

(KRCR, 2019)

Summer is almost in full swing—and for pet parents, this means fun in the sun with our four-legged friends. But it's important to practice safe summer habits. Even the healthiest of pets can suffer from a heat stroke, dehydration, and other complications from the rising temperatures.

Follow these summer safety tips to keep your pet from overheating.

Go for walks or runs in the early morning or evening. The summer sun is at its worst during the afternoon, and the temperatures aren't as extreme at sunrise and sunset. TheAmerican Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends touching the sidewalk with the palm of your hand—if it feels too hot for you, it's too hot for the pads on your pet's paws. Keep them inside!

Provide plenty of water. Pets can dehydrate very easy, especially during high heat and humidity. Be sure to keep fresh, clean water in your pet's bowl at all times.

Never, ever leave your pet alone in a parked car. Your car can quickly reach unsafe temperatures to an animal, even if the weather doesn't seem that hot to you. Your car's temperature can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes! The longer you wait, the hotter it gets (and no, cracking the windows doesn't make a difference). Any time you make a pit stop, bring your pet inside with you. And if you see a dog trapped in a car on a hot day, call 9-1-1.

Get a summer 'do. Ask your groomer for a lightweight summer haircut to prevent dogs from overheating. Cut the hair down short enough that there's still some protection from the sun—pets can get sunburned too!

Watch for signs of heatstroke. On warm days, be on the lookout for excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, disorientation, and seizures. If you see any of these signs, seek veterinary care immediately. Until you reach the vet, get your pet into an air-conditioned room and use room-temperature water to cool him down.

Schedule a summer check-up with your vet. Annual check-ups are crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy year-long. Your veterinarian can make recommendations for preventive medicine treatments such as vaccination, parasite control, nutrition, skin and coat care, weight management, or dental care.

If you suspect heat stroke, take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The experts at VCA Asher Animal Hospital offer convenient walk-in appointments seven days per week and ER services 24/7.


Bibliography


KRCR. (2019, may 20). How to keep your pets safe in the summer heat. Retrieved from krcrtv.com: https://krcrtv.com/features/for-pets-sake/how-to-keep-your-pets-safe-in-the-summer-heat


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