Hot Summer Days

Here are some tips to prevent your pet from the hot sun!

Summertime is when we spend a lot of time outdoors with our dogs, hiking, going for walks to the beach and visiting area parks. What we need to remember is that dogs and cats do not perspire like we do. In order for them to cool off, they do a lot of panting and perspire a little through their pads. This is less efficient than sweating and can cause heat stroke quickly on those hot summer days. Always make sure your dog has access to water and shade.

Look for signs of heat exhaustion on a hot day:

  • excessive panting
  • bright red tongue
  • vomiting/diarrhea
  • if your pet collapses
  • unsteadiness or even seizures

If you notice any of these, please contact your vet immediatelly.

Be mindful of where you are walking your dog on hot summer days:

  • hot sand, concrete and asphalt can burn your pet’s pads.
  • try bringing your pet out early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid these hot surfaces.

Hot cars can be deadly:

  • a parked car can heat up to 102 degrees in 10 minutes.
  • leave them at home on these hot days.
  • check out Dr. Ernie Ward’s video

Written by Anne Huard, Office Manager