Serious summer heat is coming and many animals—especially those outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we do. Here are some tips for keeping your fur-covered friend safe when the weather is warm:
- Never leave your pet in the car on warm, or even sunny, spring and summer days. Even with a window cracked on a 70o day, the interior of your car can reach 100o in as little as 20 minutes.
- Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
- Do not shave or trim your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system, as it protects the skin from the sun.
- Always provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling, which can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call Frankfort Animal Clinic immediately at 502-227-9611.