It’s summertime and it’s sure to get hot, real hot! The time of the year we relax and kick back, hang out in a park or by the lake side or just taking it easy. It’s the ideal time to hang out with your pets ! Have a wonderful and safe summer with these few simple precautions.
No Pets in the Car
By now people should be aware of the risks of leaving pets and children in a car unattended. The temperature inside the car can quickly climb to 120 degrees even with the windows open! Its best to leave your pets at home even when you’re on a quick errand.
A very real concern for pets in summer that can strike quickly as well as be extremely life threatening. Some of the common symptoms of heatstroke are:-
- Heightened body temperature (104-110F)
- Excessive panting
- Dark or bright red tongue and gums
- Staggering around, seizures or stupor
- Bloody diarrhea or vomiting
- Coma leading to death
The best cure for heat stroke is prevention. Short-nosed breeds like Bulldogs and Pugs are highly susceptible as are the heavy-coated or large breeds. Seek Veterinary attention immediately if you suspect heat stroke in your pet. You can also administer the below.
- Use cool water (not ice water) to cool down your pet. Maintain temperature above 103 degrees to avoid hypothermia.
- Offer ice cubes to lick until you can see a vet.
- Even if your pet seems to recover, have a professional evaluation done. Multiple issues can occur in internal organs after heat stroke.
Exercise and Overexertion
Playing with your dog is definitely joyous for you both. Remember that while you have the running gear for warmer weather your dog still has the same gear they had last winter! We cool down by sweating (a lot) in summer while your dog has the ability to cool down only with the pads of his feet and by way of panting. Adjust your running schedule to the early morning or late evening in the summer.
Water (and) Sports
Keep your pet hydrated at all times. Carry a portable water bottle on your trips. Some dogs are not natural swimmers and so take the right precautions when your dog is out on the water.
Your pet’s coat keeps them warm in the winter and also helps protect from the summer sun and insulating them from the heat. If your dog’s coat has a lot of mats or tangles or is excessively long and overgrown, it could prevent circulation and insulation.
Age and Weight
Adult dog can regulate their body heat well, however puppies, overweight and older dogs are not as efficient. High humidity can make it challenging for any dog to regulate their body heat. Exercise should be limited on such days and you should ensure proper ventilation of their crate or other rest areas.
While traveling, keep track of local vets in and around your route and destination. You never know when you might need one. With the above precautions both you and your pet can enjoy a fun and safe summer.
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