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SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

June 26, 2012 0 Comments Bloggies by Administrator

The summer can be a very scary time for our pets.  As the temps rise so do the
risks for our furry friends.  Here are a few things to remember as well as a few
tips to keep our furry loved ones safe this summer.

  • Please provide fresh/clean water to your pets at all times.  Kitties too!
  • If you let your pets out for any length of time, make sure that they have plenty of shade to rest in.
  • NEVER leave your pet in the car!  Just a few minutes in a car in the hot summer heat and humidity can be FATAL!  Cracking the windows for air is not enough!!!
  • Remember - Our pets are in their bare feet!  The sidewalks , driveways and streets get hot!  In extremely hot weather, limit your dog walks and encourage your dog to walk in the grass as often as possible.
  • In high heat and humidity, please do not jog with your dog(s).  You may want change the hour that you jog to a cooler time of day, or simply keep them at home to enjoy the air conditioning.  :-)
  • HEATSTROKE!  It is a seriouse problem that your pet can face in the hot days of summer.  Below are signs to look for, symptoms and what to do if your pet is experiencing heat stroke provided by www.akc.org.


Early Stages:

Heavy panting.
Rapid breathing.
Excessive drooling.
Bright red gums and tongue.
Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to
maintain balance.

Advanced Stages:


White or blue gums.
Lethargy, unwillingness to move.
Uncontrollable urination or defecation.
Labored, noisy breathing.
Shock.

www. akc.org states that "If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you
should immediately try to cool the dog down:"

Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog's paw pads.
Apply ice packs to the groin area.
Hose down with water.
Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.
Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes.
Check your dog's temperature regularly during this process. Once the dog's
temperature has stabilized at between 100 to 102 degrees, you can stop the
cool-down process.

It is always a great idea to have your vet check your pet after experiencing
heatstroke.   They are counting on us to keep them healthy. 

For more safety tips and for signs of summer heat distress in your pet, please
look at the following sites.  Our pets count on us to keep them safe.  If they
could, they would do the same for us, and more.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx
http://www.akc.org/public_education/summer_safety.cfm
http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/summerinfo/a/summersafety.-6lv.htm