Last week, we talked about the dangers of leaving pets in cars in the summer.
But, there are a lot of other hot weather issues that you need to be aware of and take sensible precautions.
Today we will point out just a few things.
We don’t mean to ruin our all too fleeting summers, but problems like heat stroke, burned paws and heart worm would be a lot more ruinous, don’t you think?
So first, check with your vet to make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations and are on flea, tick and heartworm preventatives as recommended.
You should be doing this year-round, but in this kind of weather especially, make sure all your pets have plenty of fresh, clean water both inside and out.
If they are being left outdoors, they need a shady place to get out of the sun, and really, keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot, preferably on a couch with the air conditioning turned up high.
If you pets are going to be exposed to hot weather, know the symptoms of overheating, such as: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of more than 104 degrees.
If you observe anything like that, call your vet immediately,
Remembers that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively.
These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should simply be kept somewhere cool if at all possible.
Don’t shave your dog, thinking you are doing her a favor in the heat.
The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.
But brushing your cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt.
On dark colored asphalt, if the air temperature is 75-80 degrees the asphalt can be 125 to 135 degrees in the sun.
Your dog’s paw pads can be severely burned.
Keep walks during the hottest times of the day to a minimum and stay on grass or other cooler surfaces as much as you can.
A good rule of thumb to tell when it’s safe for your pet to be on asphalt or not: If it’s too hot for you to put your hand on the ground for three to five seconds, then it’s too hot for your pets to be on the road.
It’s a lot to worry about, we know.
But, think of it this way – it’s not snowing.
Summertime precautions are inherently more fun than wintertime precautions.
Stay cool and keep your best friends cool.
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Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.
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