Make This a Summer Your Pets Can Enjoy Too!

Hot Weather 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.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. 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. Avoid hot sidewalks and streets that can burn their paws and cause lameness.

Know the symptoms of overheating in pets: excessive panting and drooling, bright red gums, weakness and balance problems. As the condition worsens, pets may experience labored breathing, lethargy and even seizures. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs, Frenchies, Bulldogs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively due to the extra tissue in their throat.

Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!

Make sure that your pets are securely inside during any festivities. Remember we can board your pets if you are having guests over, going out-of-town or if your pet is afraid of the fireworks.

Have a safe and happy summer!
Dr. Bonnie

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