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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).