Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips

Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give your pets plenty of water when it is hot outdoors. Also make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun, and when the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.

The symptoms of overheating in pets include...

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness
  • Seizures
  • Elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees

Animals with flat faces, like pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. The elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Summertime is the perfect time for a backyard barbecue or party, but please remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. While it may be tempting to spoil your pet with some scraps from the grill, remember that any changes to your pet’s diet could result in severe digestive ailments. Keep them away from raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and sugar-free products made with the sweetener xylitol, as these holiday favorites are toxic to pets—and never leave alcoholic beverages unattended where your pet can reach them.

Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool, as not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure pets wear flotation devices while on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

 

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