Village Animal Clinic

Hot Weather Tips for Your Pets

Although hard to believe after the winter we’ve just had, our hot weather is fast approaching, and along with it, comes the hazards it poses.  Animals can suffer from the same maladies as humans do -  overheating, dehydration and even sunburn – as the mercury rises!!!  By taking simple precautions, you can safely enjoy the summer weather with your pet.

  1. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE IN THE CAR!  Even with the window open, a car can become a furnace, even on a day that doesn’t seem that warm!  Parking in the shade doesn’t offer adequate protection, as the sun’s position moves throughout the day.
  2. Don’t exercise your pet in hot, humid weather.  Always exercise either in the cool of the early morning or evening.  Do not exercise your pet right after a meal.
  3. In hot weather, do not walk your dog on the hot asphalt as this can raise a dog’s temperature and lead to overheating.  This can also lead to burning of the paws.
  4. Bring pets inside on hot days and allow them to rest in a cool part of the house, with access to cold, fresh water.  If a pet must be outside, make sure there is plenty of shade for the animal.
  5. Overweight, senior, and brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs are much more sensitive to the hot weather, as are ones suffering from heart or lung diseases.  These animals should be kept indoors in air-conditioning.
  6. Avoid walking your dog in areas where trees or grass has been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals.  Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 if you suspect your pet has been poisoned.
  7. Be aware of any coolant leaking from your vehicle.  Animals are attracted to the sweet taste and a very small amount is enough to cause death.  Immediate medical attention must be sought in the case of ingestion.
  8. There may be common plant varieties in your garden that are toxic to your pet.  Most toxic plants, if ingested, cause gastrointestinal upset.  There are some plants, however, that can result in severe illness, and even lead to death.  These plants include Oleander, Foxglove, Lily of the Valley, all varieties of lilies, rhubarb, beet tops, Sorrel, Dock, Castor Bean, Black Locust, Rosary Pea, Nightshade, Jerusalem Cherry, European Bittersweet, Azalea, Rhododendron, mushrooms, bluegreen algae (found in ponds and lakes), evergreen shrubs, English and Japanese Yew, Bleeding Heart, Angel’s Trumpet, Moonseed, and Morning Glory.  If your pet has ingested any of these plants, please contact the clinic or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.
  9. A clean coat can help prevent summer skin problems, so keep your pets well groomed.  If your pet has a heavy coat, shaving the dog’s/cat’s hair to a one-inch length will prevent overheating.  Do not shave down to the skin as this eliminates any protection from the sun’s rays.
  10. Make sure your dog is on heartworm medication and a safe flea, tick and parasite control program.

All year round, it is important not to let your pet run loose.  Make sure there are no open doors or windows without screens that an animal can escape through.  If you must tether your pet outside, make sure the animal is not wearing a correction collar (i.e. choke collar).  The collar must be the buckle type with appropriate identification tags.

We hope you and your pets enjoy a happy and safe summer season!!!!

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