Your family pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These very serious and could cause your pet to die.
Be aware of the signs of heat stress in dogs
- Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually.
- Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet's head, neck, and chest only.
- Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes.
- Most importantly, get him to a veterinarian immediately.
Problem: During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120Â° in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade.
Solution: To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, be sure to play it safe by leaving your pet cool and refreshed at home while you're on the road.
Problem: Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns and work in their gardens. Plant food, fertilizer, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.
Solution: Purchase pre friendly natural alternatives. Check with your vet for suggestions.
Problem: With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to increase in the summer months.
Solution: Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood.
Problem: Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats.
Solution: Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication.
Problem: Pets and pools can equal disaster.
Solution: Prevent free access to pools and always supervise a pet in a pool.
Problem: Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats.
Solution: On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets while they're enjoying the great outdoors so they can stay cool.
Problem: Pets can get sunburned too. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable.
Solution: Your pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips.
Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag.
Don't take your pets to crowded summer events such as concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets.