NEVER Leave your Pet in the Car!
on cooler summer days, the temperature inside your car
can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes! NEVER leave
your pet in a parked car, even with the windows rolled
down. Parking in the shade offers little, if any, relief
on hot, humid days. If you must run errands, leave your
furry friends safely at home.
Fleas for Me!
your pet free from harmful fleas and ticks! Check your
pet daily for “new arrivals.” Consult with the
veterinary staff about preventing and treating flea and
Exercise Cautiously on Humid Days
early in the morning or late in the evening, when
temperatures are lowest. Remember that humidity
interferes with an animal’s ability to rid themselves of
heat. Animals can only sweat around their paws, which
isn’t enough to cool the body, and panting can only cool
them down so much on humid days.
Don’t Sneak a Drink from the Street
weather can tempt a pet to drink from puddles on the
street which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals.
Antifreeze may taste sweet, but it is extremely toxic!
Asphalt Can Burn!
leave your pet standing on hot pavement. You pet doesn’t
wear shoes to protect his/her feet and they can get hot
and burn quickly. Be cautious when jogging, running, or
bicycling with your dog in the summer. Check the
pavement and your pet’s paws often.
Provide Plenty of Fresh, Cold Water at All Times!
you’re indoors or outside, your pet should always have
access to fresh, clean, cold water. Pets need more water
on hot days. Check the water bowl often, as water can
warm quickly and bowls can get spilled.
Keep an Eye Out For Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a medical emergency and can be life
threatening! If you suspect you pet has heatstroke, act
quickly and calmly. Call your veterinarian immediately.
In the meantime, lower your pet’s body temperature by
soaking him/her in cold water or cold, wet towels. Get
your pet to the vet as soon as possible to initiate
life-saving treatments. Even with treatment, heatstroke
can be fatal, so prevention is the best medicine.
Signs of Heatstroke:
Warm, Dry Skin
Refusal to Obey Commands
Pets Ride Inside!
not allow your pet to hang out of a moving vehicle. Not
only is it dangerous, but also illegal for dogs to ride
in the back of pick-up trucks. Pets can get hurt, jump,
or fall out of moving vehicles, causing serious injury.
Animals can be thrown from a car if a sharp turn is
taken or the brakes applied quickly. The safest place to
ride is inside!
Thunderstorms Can Be Scary!
aware of thunderstorms and prepare accordingly. Many
pets frighten easily during storms. Bring your pet
inside if possible. Consult with your veterinarian if
you think your pet may need medication to take the
edge off during thunderstorms, or better yet, ask us
Pets Need Sunscreen Too!
with thin, light colored fur can sunburn too! Try to
keep your pet out of the sun. Apply sunscreen to
unprotected areas like the tips of ears, tip of nose,
and around the lips.
Keep Your Pet Well-Groomed
pet’s fur is designed to protect from the sun and
insulate from the heat. Keeping your pet groomed can
prevent summer skin problems also. If your pet has
extremely thick or matted fur, you may want to have
him/her clipped. Cats should be brushed often.
Beware of Escape Artists
prevent escape or accidental falls, make sure all
windows and doors are properly screened.
your pet must spend time outdoors on hot days, make sure
he/she has adequate shade or shelter from the sun at all
times. Remember that shade moves as the sun moves
throughout the day.
Remember Those with Special Needs
very young, or ill animals have a hard time regulating
their temperature, so be extra careful with these pets.
Overweight pets and pets that have flat faces, such as
Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, and Persian cats
have a more difficult time also.
Thank Goodness for Air Conditioning!
it’s just too hot out there, bring your pet indoors.
Pets should not be left outside unsupervised on long,
hot days, even with shade and cold water to drink.
is a time for fun and relaxation. Everyone enjoys the
outdoors; the warmth of the sun, going for walks,
playing in the water, and all the other things we do in
the summer time. Remember these simple tips for safety
and you and your pet will have fun all summer long.