As the temperature outside heats up Allentown Animal Clinic would like to point out a few precautions to keep in mind so you can keep your pets safe.
First and foremost, it’s important to get your pet to the vet for a wellness check up. Be sure that your pet has a current Heartworm disease test and is on a monthly parasite prevention program. If your pet is not on a current parasite prevention program talk to your veterinarian about starting one and what products are best for your pet. Before summer festivities begin, make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines or vaccine titers.
Be sure to always keep your pet (and yourself!) well hydrated. Try to keep your pets inside on extremely hot days, but if they must be outside, keep plenty of fresh water available and be sure there is a spot in the yard that gets plenty of shade. We all like to play in the sun, however, don’t over-exercise your pets, as they dehydrate quickly. Remember, we have a whole body over which we can sweat and carry heat away, your dog has only his tongue! Keep walks to a minimum on hot days, the asphalt can heat up quickly and burn your pets paws.
If you are taking your dog out for the day while you run errands, you may want to think twice and leave him home. Not only is leaving pets unattended in parked cars illegal in most states, it’s also extremely dangerous. A parked car can quickly become a hot oven on a hot day, even with the windows down!
If you are taking your dog swimming, either in a pool or a nearby lake, monitor your dog closely. Not all dogs are good swimmers! If he’s been in the pool, a good rinse afterwards will help to prevent the unnecessary ingestion of any harmful chemicals.
Always have your veterinarians phone number nearby and know the symptoms of overheating in pets. Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. If you notice any of these symptoms get your pet to a veterinarian immediately.