Summer Weather Pet Safety
Summer is officially here and while we hope you and your furry companions enjoy the great outdoors together, we would like to remind you of some safety tips that can help keep your pets safe in the much warmer weather.
- Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside.
- Keep your pet free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm.
- Ask your veterinarian how to recognize signs of heat stress.
- If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pet.
- Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day.
- Avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt, that can burn your pet’s paws.
- Ask your veterinarian if your pet would benefit from a warm-weather haircut or sunscreen.
SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS
Seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of these signs:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive drooling
- Abnormal gum and tongue color