Temperature climbing? Feeling sweaty?
Because dogs primarily pant rather than sweat, they are much more sensitive to heat than humans are.
Help your fur-covered friend stay safe with these tips.
- Never leave your pet in the car on warm or sunny summer days. Even with a window cracked on a 70o day, the interior of your car can reach 100o in as little as 20 minutes.
- Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put the back of your palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch’s paws.
- Do not shave or trim your pet’s fur. A pet’s coat is an important part of their natural cooling system, as it insulates and protects skin from the sun.
- If your pup spends time in the yard during the summer, be sure there is shelter from the sun and access to water.
- Be aware of how long your pup is outside and consider shorter walks in extremely hot weather.
- If you’re thirsty, especially when you’re walking your dog, your dog is probably thirsty too, so take along a bottle just for him.
- Watch for signs of overheating, which include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling. These can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, so call us immediately if your pet exhibits any of these symptoms.
- Wherever your adventure takes you, take plenty of breaks in the shade and be sure to have lots of fresh water just for your pet.
Summer is a great time to schedule your pet’s annual checkup—call us at (574) 248-4057 today!