Warm Weather Pet Safety

Updated: May 6, 2018

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You probably know to use commom sense when allowing your furry freind to venture out into the warm weather. However, it never hurts to review our understanding of pets and hot weather. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are several easy rules to follow:

  1. Allow for outdoor exercise during the early morning or evening hours (cooler temps).

  2. Assure your pet is well hydrated and carry a water source for your pet when hiking / walking.

  3. Talk to your vet or groomer, about how much fur you should shave off your pet. Quite often the fur protects your pet from sunburn and, in some cases, the fur helps to keep them cooler. Some pets can benefit from sunscreen products.

  4. Leave your pet at home when you are doing errands.

  5. In extreme situations (heat warnings), avoid hot surfaces that can burn your pets feet.

MOST IMPORTANTLY...Know the Signs of Heat Stress

Seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of these signs:

  • Anxiousness

  • Excessive panting

  • Restlessness

  • Excessive drooling

  • Unsteadiness

  • Abnormal gum and tongue color

  • Collapse

*For all the warm weather details from the AVMA website visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Warm-Weather-Pet-Safety.aspx

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