Summer vacations, beach trips, barbeques, hiking, long walks in the park, and more... Summers are the best time of the year for enjoying the outdoors and spend quality time with our beloved pets. However, the hot weather and heat can be nothing less than a death sentence for our furry little friends who require extra care and attention so they do not succumb to the heat. There are certain things you need to look out for that can save your pet from harm and heat-related hazards during the summers.
Below are 7 heat hazards for dog & tips for staying safe this summer:
Try to keep your dog indoors in the shade during the time when the temperature is high; the best time to take your dog out is during the early mornings and evenings. Going on a long hike or a walk on a hot day could result in heat exhaustion.
Pavement heats up during the day, especially in the afternoons. This could cause blisters and burns on your dog’s paws, so check the temperature before taking your dog out for a walk on concrete or paved walkways.
Enroll yourself in a first-aid course for pets so you are prepared in the event something bad happens. The American Red Cross offers this convenient online course in First Aid for Cats and Dogs.
Learn more about the symptoms of heatstroke in pets to know when your dog might require treatment. Some of the signs of a heatstroke in pets are high body temperature, increased salivation, panting, vomiting, loss of coordination, diarrhea, and unconsciousness. If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, then take him or her immediately to a vet. Avoiding treatment for heatstroke can result in multi-organ failure, so it’s better to be safe.
NEVER leave your dog inside a parked vehicle in the summers. As the car heats up inside, it becomes a death trap for both dogs and children.
To avoid drowning, do not leave your dog unsupervised around a swimming pool - unless your dog is a trained swimmer. You will also need to be careful that your dog does not drink pool water. Including chlorine, pool water contains a number of chemicals that are harmful to your dog’s health and can lead to serious health problems.
If you are planning a long walk with your dog, remember to bring water to drink and allow your dog to drink as much as he or she wants. If you add a pinch of salt to the water, it helps to replace the minerals your dog lost due to panting.
If you are ever concerned about your pet’s health during the summer, the best solution is regular checkups by the vet. Don’t hesitate to rush your pet to the veterinarian’s clinic as soon as you observe any of these warning signs.
At Pampered Pets USA, we know you consider your pet to be part of the family and want nothing but the best for them. We are here to provide you with accurate and updated information that will help you give your furry friend a healthy and happy life.
Author: Michelle Anastasio-Festi
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