What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know About The Dangers Of Hot Weather
Did You Know: On an 85º day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102º!
Even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes, the car’s interior can reach 120º! When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70º, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun. Pets most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating): young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats.
HOT WEATHER TRAVELING TIPS
• Get a veterinary checkup before traveling and make sure you have the necessary vaccination certificates for the area you will be visiting, as well as flea and tick treatments.
• Carry a gallon thermos of cold water or bring along a two liter plastic bottle of water you froze the night before.
• Exercise your pet during the coolest parts of the day (dawn and dusk), and never immediately following a meal.
• Hot asphalt and tar can burn sensitive paw pads. Walk your pet on grass or dirt when possible.
• Provide shade when your pet is outside on a hot day
• Never leave your pet inside a parked car on a warm day
SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Heatstroke - the ultimate and often deadly result of overheating - is caused by a dangerous elevation in an animal's body temperature.
While it most often occurs in dogs left in cars during the summer months, it can also happen in late spring and the first weeks of summer if a pet is exposed to high temperatures before he or she has acclimated to the heat.
SYMPTOMS OF OVERHEATING*
*IF YOUR PET IS OVERCOME BY THE HEAT bring down body temperature by soaking the animal in cool (not ice) water, but make sure water does not get into the mouth or nose of an unconscious animal. In a very short period of time, an overheated dog can suffer critical damage to the brain, heart, liver and nervous system. So you if you even suspect that your pet is suffering from signs of overheating make sure to seek immediate veterinary care!
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's wellbeing through the hot summer months, please don't hesitate to call us!
Phone: (215) 232 - 0831