We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our pets, but it is good to remember hot weather health tips to keep you and your pets healthy. We’re not the only ones who like summer!
- Fleas and tick activity is high during the summer. Be sure to protect your pet with a flea and tick control program.
- We see a lot of snake bite cases at the hospital during the late spring through early fall. If your dogs are likely to encounter snakes, we suggest you talk with your veterinarian about whether a Rattlesnake Vaccination that may moderate the reaction to rattlesnake and copperhead bites is appropriate.
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it is hot. Make sure outdoor pets have a shady place to get out of the sun.
- Know the signs of overheating: According to Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle on a hot day – even with the windows open.
- Avoid chemicals. Commonly used pest control as well as garden insecticides, including citronella candles, can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested. Common signs of toxicity poisoning are: drooling, trembling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and disorientation. Watch for signs of toxic poisoning and call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance.