We all know not to leave our pet in an unsupervised vehicle when it is hot out, but there are so many other things we often forget about.
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. To prevent heatstroke limit exercise on hot days to early morning or late evening. Provide plenty of water and shade and do not leave outside unattended for extended periods of time.
Beware of hot asphalt when walking your dog. If it is too hot for you to be barefoot, it’s too hot for them! Don’t linger and beware that sensitive paw pads can burn. Musher’s Secret is a barrier wax that you can apply to your dog’s paw pads. This product is safe and natural. Available here at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital. Another option would be using dog booties. You can purchase at most pet stores or online.
It is best not to feed your pet any people food. Click the link below to read about common foods served at a barbecue that can pose a threat if ingested:
With 4th of July right around the corner, remember never to use fireworks around pets. Not only is there a risk of severe burns/injuries if exposed, many pets are afraid of loud noises and can become disoriented or lost. It is best to keep them safe inside.