For many of us, summer means long days spent outside at the beach, boardwalk, amusement parks, water parks and the like. Rising temperature, longer days and tanned skin are what most of us anxiously await all year. However, when it comes to our pets there are some very important things to think about this summer. Hot and humid weather can be dangerous to dogs and cats because they don’t sweat like humans and it is very hard for them to keep cool. Ambassador Veterinary Hospital of Union City, NJ has put together a hot weather safety guide for your dogs and cats.
Summer Veterinary Check Up: Once the weather starts to warm, it is recommended to bring your dog or cat to your local veterinary hospital for a quarterly checkup. These visits ensure they are up to date on vaccines, allow you to stock up on heartworm medication and prepare for flea & tick season. To schedule your pet’s summer check-up appointment call Ambassador Veterinary Hospital in Union City, NJ today.
Hydration: Pets get dehydrated quickly, especially in the heat. If you’re out and about with your dog, they need an area with shade and plenty of fresh, clean water when it is hot and humid.
Know the Symptoms of Overheating: Warning signs include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling and mild weakness. When exhibiting these signs, your dog should be taken into an air conditioned room and access to fresh water. In severe cases, your pet may collapse, have a seizure, bloody diarrhea, vomit and body temperature can increase to over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a medical emergency and your pet should be evaluated on an emergency basis in order to safely reduce your pet’s body temperature, address difficulty breathing or heat exhaustion, and monitor for possible organ dysfunction.
Don’t leave your pet unsupervised: Whether by a pool, or around food/drinks at a barbecue, pets should be secured on a leash and in your view at all times. Do not offer table scraps foods high in oil/fat or alcoholic beverages as these can have negative effects to your pet’s health. Furthermore, pets should NEVER be left in a parked car – this can lead to fatal death and is against the law. The temperature of an idle car can rise up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius), which is highly fatal!
Secure your screens: Open, unsecured screens pose a danger to pets as they can easily fall out of them and be critically injured. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home shut and make sure all screen windows and doors are tightly secure.
Stylish Summer Haircut: Pets with especially long, thick coats could use a nice haircut before the summer starts for added heat dissipation. However, do not shave your dog completely, as the layers of their coat protect them from overheating and sunburn.