Summer is a great time of year for the whole family, including your pets to get out and adventure! However, with adventure comes risks. Here are some tips to help keep your furry family members safe during summer months:
Prevent Heat Stroke!
Heat stroke in pets happens when their body temperatures raise to a dangerously high temperature and their body is no longer to cool itself effectively. Heat stroke in pets can result in seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death. The good news is that most cases of heat stroke in pets are preventable.
The most common cause of heat stroke in pets is when owners leave them unattended in their cars. This can happen even when the temperature outside is only mildly hot. For instance, when it is only 70 degrees outside, it is possible for the temperature inside of a car to get up to 104 degrees in only 30 minutes!
Another common cause of heat stroke is exercising your pet during the hottest times of the day. You should always try to exercise your pet early in the morning or late in the evening once the sun goes down. Even during times of non-exercise, your should always make sure your pet has free access to fresh, cool water, and plentiful shade.
Some symptoms of heat stroke include:
If you believe your pet may be suffering from heat stroke, you should seek immediate care from a veterinarian.
Protect the Paws!
Sidewalks and streets heat to extreme levels in the sun! For example, when it is 77 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the asphalt temperature can get as high as 125 degrees. It is best to avoid walking your pet on asphalt during the heat of the day. A good way to test the asphalt is to press your hand onto the surface for 30 seconds. If it is too hot for your hand, it is most likely too hot for your pet's paws.
More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other time of year. This is likely linked to the high incidences of fireworks. The loud noises associated with fireworks cause many dogs to have anxiety and flee from the scene. It is best to leave your pet at home in a secure location instead of taking them to fireworks shows. If you must take them, make sure they are on a short leash with a secure collar with identification.
Have a Fun Summer with Your Pets!
We always recommend getting out and socializing your pet and allowing your pet to exercise. Get out and enjoy summer--just do it wisely and use common sense when it comes to heat. If you have any questions about whether your pet is at risk for these summertime dangers, please feel free to contact us!