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Local Vet: How to Keep Your Pet Safe In The Warm Weather

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Summer is almost here, which means that the weather will be great for outdoor activities like swimming at the beach, lake, or local pool.

The weather will also be ideal for hanging outdoors and getting a tan before the winter rolls around. The weather can also be great for getting your pet sick

Wait, what was that last one?

Has you local vet warned you about the heat yet?

Yes, with the warm summer months come the dangers of your pet getting heat exhaustion, dehydration or other types of illnesses that can be caused by the warm weather.

Unfortunately, our pets can’t just speak up and say, “Hey, it’s really hot today, can I just stay inside because I’m feeling a little funny?”

That would be great, now wouldn’t it?

Instead, take some precautionary measure to keep them healthy and safe. Here are a few things you can do.

Don’t Leave Them In The Car

You hear these types of stories all of the time. Pet owners, who leave their pets in the car as they run errands, go grocery shopping or do other things.

In areas where the temperature can soar to triple digits, these kinds of events can be deadly.

Please don’t leave your pets in a hot baking car.

Here’s a little activity you can do. The next time it’s warm, go outside in your car, roll up the windows, close the door and see just how long you can last in there.

After you do that, you will get a little idea of what it’s like for your pets in this situation.

Provide Water, Air, And Shade

Think about it.

When it’s really hot outside, what are some things that you look for?

If you are like most then you are looking for something cold to drink like water, you want some breeze to hit you from a fan or air conditioner and you want to stay out of the sun.

Here’s a hint, your pets probably want the same thing.

If they are outdoors, ensure that they have some shaded areas to stay out of the sun and some water to drink. If it’s too hot outside, give them some relief and let them indoors to enjoy a fan or the air conditioner.

If it’s really hot, then you may want to think about putting some ice cubes in their water to help cool it off as well.

Keep An Eye On Them

Just as you would with others around you, if you notice a change in their behavior or notice that they seem to be moving slower or are a little shaky on their feet, then you must take action.

If you think your pet may be suffering from a heatstroke, then you must do what you can to get them cooled off and in to see the Veterinarian as soon as possible.

The warm summer months can be a great time to enjoy the weather.

However, if it gets too hot, then not only may you suffer from the heat, but your pets may as well.


If you will be enjoying the warm weather, be sure to keep an eye out on your loved ones and your pets.

If you want more information on how you can keep your pets safe during the warm weather, please give us a call today.

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