If you haven’t noticed yet, it is a little warm outside lately. Did you know that pets can very easily become overheated? And that heat stroke is a major cause for an emergency veterinary visit in the summer? That doesn’t mean you and your pet can’t enjoy the outdoors, though. Do the following to ensure that your pet stays out of the hospital this summer:
- Never leave your pet in an enclosed area such as a car for any length of time, even just a few minutes. Temperatures can rise quickly, resulting in severe heat exhaustion.
- Always be sure your pet has access to fresh, cool water. This may mean planning ahead and bringing a portable dish and water bottle dedicated to Fido.
- Make sure your pet can get out of the heat if s/he wants to do so. This may mean a shady spot in the yard or the ability to retreat indoors if the sun becomes too intense.
- Try to do outdoor activities early in the morning or in the evening when temperatures tend to be lowest.
- Be on the lookout for signs of overheating. These may include heavy panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, and weakness. Unchecked these can progress to diarrhea, vomiting, lack of responsiveness, and seizures. If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, contact your veterinarian right away.
If you have any questions contact us or reach out to your primary veterinarian.