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Hot Weather Hazards for Cats and Dogs

The hottest part of the year is upon us. Is your dog or cat ready for the rigors of summer weather? Beware of the following high-temperature hazards as discussed by your Lansdowne veterinarian.

Dehydration

If your pet spends too much time in the heat and sun, she can lose bodily fluids at too rapid a rate. Avoid dangerous dehydration by bringing your pet indoors occasionally and providing plenty of cool, fresh water at all times. Also try to exercise your pet in the cooler morning or evening hours, rather than in the middle of the day.

Heatstroke

The first symptoms of heatstroke include lethargy, excessive panting, drooling, and rapid breathing. Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, collapse, or seizures can follow if your pet isn’t quickly attended to. Limit your pet’s time outdoors in the blazing sun and high temperatures to avoid deadly heatstroke, and keep your vet’s number on hand to call in the event of an emergency.

Car Hazards

Never leave your pet in a parked car on a summer day—it’s even illegal in many areas! Temperatures inside cars can reach unbearable heights very quickly, and pets are subject to deadly heatstroke if left there too long.

Also take care not to let your dog hang his head out of the car window on summer drives. There’s simply too great a risk of insects or road debris flying up into his face, injuring him.

Hot Asphalt

Don’t forget that blacktop parking lots and asphalt driveways are a common summer hazard. Not only will the scorching material burn a pet’s paw pads if they stand on it too long, the hot surface will heat up your pet’s body very quickly. Do your best to avoid these surfaces, choosing instead to walk your pet on cool grass or concrete.

Chemicals

Your backyard probably sees the use of various chemicals when it gets warmer out, from rodenticides and pesticides to citronella candles and other insect repellants. Be sure to keep your pet a safe distance away when using any chemicals, as they may poison a pet if used improperly.

Your Lansdowne veterinarian can offer more helpful summertime tips. Call the clinic today to find out other great ways to keep your pet cool as the temperatures rise!

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