It’s great to enjoy summer with your pet. But, it’s also the time when they ha ve the greatest risk of injury and heat-related health problems. So here are some tips from the team at Peterborough West Animal Hospital on keeping things cool this summer.
· Watch For Signs of Heatstroke. Rapid panting, hot skin, twitching muscles, a dazed look. Wrap them in a towel soaked with cool, not cold water. In severe cases, place them in the bathtub or hose them down with cool water. Heatstroke can be fatal. See us as soon as possible.
· Never Leave Your Pet In A Parked Car. Not even if you crack the windows or park in the shade. On a 70°F (21°C) day, the car temperature can rise above 150°F (65°C) in minutes. It’s extremely dangerous. And the number one cause of heatstroke.
· Always Provide Plenty Of Fresh Water . Dogs can only sweat through the pads of their feet and by panting. Evaporation from the wet surfaces of their mouth and nose helps lower body temperature.
· Watch for Hot Pavement and Beaches. Sensitive paws burn easily.
· Find A Cool Spot. For indoor pets, keep the air circulating with a child-proof fan or air conditioner. Provide shade for outdoor pets. A gentle sprinkle from a hose is always appreciated.
· Watch The Exercise And Diet. Don’t encourage exercise during the hottest part of the day. And let them eat less. Overeating can lead to overheating.
· Not Every Dog Paddles Well . Animals in the water for the first time should be eased in, never thrown or chased in. Don’t let them drink from pools, streams or the ocean. And, if they swim, rinse them off. Salt and minerals can damage a dog’s coat.
· Sunburn Is No Day At The Beach. It hurts. Short-haired pets and those with pink skin and white hair are especially susceptible. Limit their exposure.
Remember play safe and have fun!
From your friends at Peterborough West Animal Hospital
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