Wellness Care// July 13, 2021

Summer Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

During the summer months, the heat can easily affect the health of our fur babies. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets cool, comfortable, and safe!

BE AWARE OF THE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, you should contact us as soon as possible. It is important to walk your pets during cool times of the day and never during the mid-day heat.

TOO MUCH SALT WATER PLAY CAN CAUSE SALT WATER TOXICITY
Dogs love the beach, but playing games of fetch, chasing waves, and swimming can all lead to a thirsty dog who consumes salt water. In most cases, a few mouthfuls of salt water may only cause diarrhea. Consuming large amounts of salt water, however, can have serious, potentially life-threatening, consequences.

When dogs ingest salt water, the excess salt draws water from the blood into the intestines, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. Saltwater ingestion can subsequently disrupt the balance of electrolytes in your pet. If you believe your dog has consumed a toxic amount of salt water, please contact us.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A VEHICLE UNATTENDED
The temperature inside your vehicle can climb rapidly. Leaving your pet exposed to heat for extended periods of time can put your pet at serious risk of discomfort, illness, and heat exhaustion and even death. One study showed that your car can climb from 70ºF to 113ºF in just 30 minutes. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle.