dog desert 350pxThe summer has finally arrived!

While there is more to do outside, the heat can create some dangerous situations for your pets.

Check out our list of summer do's and dont's so that your pet can enjoy this season happily and healthily!

Do!

  • Allow a cool place for your pet to be at all times
  • Provide fresh, cool drinking water
  • Plan to spend time with your pet outside in the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest times of the day
  • Carry water with you when out with your pet
  • Use a rectal thermometer to monitor your pet’s body temperature. *Normal temperature for dogs is between 99.5-102.5 degrees Celsius. If above 102.5, your pet could be overheating.*

Don’t!

  • Leave a pet unsupervised in a vehicle (Especially without A/C running)— not even for a minute.
  • Over-exercise your pet
  • Allow pet to walk on pavement that might be too hot and could potentially burn the paw pads. If the pavement feels too hot for you to touch, it is definitely too hot for your pet to be walking on.

Signs that your pet may be experiencing heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy panting or difficulty breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Bright or dark red gums or tongue
  • Lethargy
  • Incoordination, staggering
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

What to do in case of heat exhaustion:

  • Get your pet to a veterinarian ASAP
  • Immediately move your pet to cooler area: air-conditioned building, shaded cool area, or in front of a fan.
  • Place cool wet washcloths on your pet's neck, armpits, and behind hind legs.
  • Wet your pet's tongue and offer cool water
  • DON’T offer ice cold water or ice cubes as this could drop their body temperature too quickly and cause shock

Make sure to visit our Facebook and Instagram Page for updates throughout the summer season!

We will be sharing tips on how to stay cool as well as fun activities for your pet all through the month of June!

If you have any further questions, please give us a call at (815) 398-6484.