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How To: Care For Your Pets in the Summer Heat

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With the blazing summer heat it is important, as a pet owner, to not forget about the needs of your pet.  Just like humans, they get dehydrated and hot in the summer sun.

 

In order to keep your pets properly hydrated and healthy throughout the summer months pay close attention to your pets needs by their body language, after all they can’t physically speak to you to let you know they need a drink.  🙂

 

Family Medical Walk-in Clinic has put together a few simple tips to help keep your pets tail wagging all year long!

 

Keeping Your Pet Healthy

These tips are provided by the Humane Society of the United States:

  • Never leave your pet in the car- during the summer months the inside of your car can reach up to 120 degrees!
  • Never put your pet in the back of a truck (in some states it is illegal)
  • Watch out for fertilizer and deadly plants- there are over 700 plants that can produce toxic chemicals that can harm your pets
  • Be aware, their aggression can increase- learn the different types of aggression
  • Get them vaccinated– use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian
  • When walking your dog- plan for longer walks in the morning and in the evening, during the afternoon hours, try to plan for shorter walks
  • Give them plenty of H2O- check out this great video! http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/summer_care_tips_for_you_and_your_pets/

 

Did you know animals can get sunburns too??

Pets with light-colored noses and/or light-colored fur are more susceptible to sunburns (humanesociety.com)

 

Learn more: http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/ask/index.html?quid=336 or http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/328096/did_you_know_your_cats_and_dogs_can.html?cat=7

 

How to: Handle a Pet Suffering Heat Stress

Signs:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid pulse
  • Staggering gait
  • Vomiting
  • Deep red or purple tongue

 

What You Should Do:

  • Immediately lower their body temperature- move them in the shade
  • Apply cool (not cold) water over their entire body to gradually lower their body temperature
  • Place cold towels or ice packs on your pet’s head, neck and chest ONLY
  • Allow your pet to drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes
  • Most importantly: get them to a veterinarian immediately

 

For more useful pet information- WebMD.com has a great Pet Health Center webpage 

 

Sources:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/summer_care_tips_for_you_and_your_pets/

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/flea_tick_OTC_pet_products.html

http://pets.webmd.com/default.htm

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/05/10_tips_for_summer_pet_safety_052510.html

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