Warm Weather Tips
- VISIT THE VET
- Make sure to get your pet tested for Heartworm and start prevention for fleas and ticks.
- MADE IN THE SHADE/STREET SMARTS
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly. Give them plenty of fresh water and a shady area out of the sun. Be careful to not over-exercise them. When the temperature is very high, do not let your pet linger on hot asphalt. Paws can burn, so keep walks to a minimum.
- KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
- Symptoms of overheating include: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse, seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomit, elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
- NO PARKING
- NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked car!!! On a hot day a parked car can become a furnace in no time even with windows open.
- MAKE a SAFE SPLASH
- DO NOT leave pets unsupervised around a pool. Introduce pets gradually and have them wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt.
- SCREEN TEST
- Injuries to animals as a result of HIGH-RISE SYNDROME occurs mostly in cats who fall out of windows or doors. Keep all screens secure and unscreened doors/windows closed.
- SUMMER STYLE
- Trim your long hair dog but never shave. The hair layers do protect against overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
- AVOID CHEMICALS
- Keep rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides out of reach.
- Please leave pets at home when you attend a firework show. Fireworks can cause burns or trauma.