Paws Up for Summer Safety
Hot weather reminders for your furry friends!
As the temperatures rise, there are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to enjoy the sun with your dog:
Heading out for a walk? Don’t forget to check the temperature of the pavement. Place your hand on the ground: if it’s too hot for your skin, it’s too hot for their paws! Try to plan walks in the early morning or late evening to avoid direct sun.
Note: Some turf grass will also become very hot on warm, sunny days. Double check these areas before walking your dog!
Don’t Leave Dogs in Cars
You’ve heard this one, you know this one: temperatures in cars can reach lethal numbers within minutes. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR!
Summer is Flea, Tick and Mosquito Season
Although you have to worry about these pests every season, summer is especially bad for these insects that can make your dog miserable. Stock up and administer your flea/tick medication and heartworm prevention! (All out? Make an appointment at our Wellness Clinic!) If you take your dog for walks out in nature and come across tall grass, make sure to check your dog for ticks when you head home. Common places the bloodsuckers like to hide? Inside ears and between toes!
Provide Lots of Water & Rest Breaks
If you are trying to squeeze in some exercise between heat waves, make sure to take plenty of rest breaks and provide unlimited water for your dog. If at all possible, do not leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Even with shady spots, 100+ degree days can be miserable – and dangerous. Signs of overheating in dogs include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Dogs with brachycephalic (flat or squished) faces such as Pugs and Bulldogs are more prone to overheating and should take extra precaution.
4th of July Safety
4th of July no longer lasts only one day…you will often hear fireworks from a week before to a week after! Follow the steps below to ensure your pets are safe and sound!