Here are some good Hot weather Tips to keep in mind as the temperatures are rising:
Visit the Vet
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heart worm’s if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication.
Keep emergency Info with you at ALL times
Keep important telephone numbers on you, in case an emergency happens you have all the contact phone numbers you may need. Also know the addresses and locations to the nearest animal clinic in your area.
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
Get to know your pet
Learn to take your pet’s pulse, and breaths and rests when exercising, ask your veterinarian how to take your pet’s temperature as well. Knowing what is normal for your pet will help you recognize an emergency much quicker than if you didn’t. Normal temperatures on cats & dogs is around 101 degrees, anything over 103 is an emergency.
Never leave an animal in a parked car, even when it is only 80 degrees outside..the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Even if you go into a store for just a minute, your pet is at risk for getting a heat stroke.
Keep animals out of direct Sunlight
Especially between the hours of 10AM and 6 PM, when a dog over heats it can lead to heat stroke which can cause brain damage or death. Some dogs may need a summer hair cut, just remember not to shave your pet’s hair too close to skin, creating a risk of sunburn or skin irritation.
Fireworks are not for pets
Please leave your animals home when you are heading out to celebrate 4th of July Festivities, many types of fireworks can contain toxic substances and fireworks also pets that are exposed to lit fireworks can result in severe burns and trauma.