Tri County Animal Hospital

22285 St. Rt. 62 E
Alliance, OH 44601


June: Hot Weather Safety/Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, educate yourself on the signs and precautions. 

Visit the veterinarian regularly and early-summer checkup:   Make sure your pets get regular physical examinations, tested for heartworm and are on year-round heartworm/flea & tick preventative. 

Provide  plenty of fresh, clean water: Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. 

Know the symptoms of overheating in pets: Which includes excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart/respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. 

Give extra caution for "flat face" animals (like pugs and persian cats): Which are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, overweight, those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. 

Never EVER leave your animals alone/unattended in a parked vehicle: Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke -- it is illegal in several states! One can face criminal charges for leaving their pets alone in a vehicle even if for "just a minute!" 

Never leave your animals unsupervised around a pool/bodies of water: Not all dogs are strong/good swimmers! Invest in flotation devices for your pets whenever they are on boats or accompanying you into the water. Rinse your pet off after swimming in a pool to remove chlorine or salt from their fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking any pool water (which contains chlorine and other chemicals). 

Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed: Any open, unscreened windows post a very real danger to pets who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows/doors in your home closed and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured. 

Feel free to trim longer hair on your pet, but never shave your pet: The layers of your pet's coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen/insect repellent product(s) you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals (and approved/recommended by your veterinarian). 

Do not let your pet linger on hot asphalt: When the temperature is high do not let your pet linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pet's body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can easily burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum or wait until the morning or evening times to have your daily walks. 

Beware of using/applying rodenticides or lawn/garden insecticides: These can be harmful (and potentially fatal) to pets if ingested, so keep them out of reach and your pets away from areas of the yard/home that have been treated. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils out of pets' reach as well. If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance contact your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASCPA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435


Day Open Close
Monday 8:00am 7:00pm
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday 8:00am 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am 5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

** We do surgeries on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Drop offs for surgeries are at 8:15

a.m., & No food after midnight.**


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