The weather is warming up, so it’s important to adjust routine to keep your pets safe. Here are some warm weather safety tips.
1. Opt for an indoor workout or training session so both you and your pet can keep cool. If you need to be outside, exercise in the cool of the early morning or evening.
2. Instead of a midday walk, give your pup interactive toys, frozen toys and bowls of frozen water or chicken broth, food puzzles and more! These enrichment items can keep them physically and mentally busy without having to take them out in the heat of the day.
3. In extremely hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the street and keep walks to a minimum. Your dog’s paws can burn on hot asphalt or concrete. Check the temperature of the concrete by placing the back of your hand on it for several seconds. If the concrete is too hot for you, it will definitely be too hot for your dog.
4. Keep your cats inside to protect them from the heat. Cats do not disperse heat with panting as well as dogs do. If your cat likes to sunbathe in a window or on the patio, limit their time to prevent sunburns and other complications of sun exposure. For outdoor cats, make sure there is always water available that is out of direct sunlight. Refill it often.
5. Dogs can get sunburned, too. Be especially careful to protect hairless and light-coated dogs with pet-safe sunscreen.
6. Always be aware of the signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red tongue. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian right away – it could save your pet’s life.
7. Remember, if you must take your pet along for the ride, never leave them alone in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace. If the temperature outside is 80 degrees, the temperature inside your car can quickly climb to 120 degrees.
These are just a few ways to help keep your pet(s) safe during the summer months. If you have additional questions or concerns about how to care for your pet during warm weather, please contact our veterinary clinic at 239-643-1555.