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Hot Weather Safety for Pets

Most pets will love spending the hot and humid days of summer outdoors with you, soaking up the sun. Just make sure they stay safe while enjoying the warmer months! Use these tips from a Broken Arrow veterinary professional to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Avoid Dehydration and Overheating

The two major dangers of summer are dehydration and overheating. To avoid these, make sure your pet has access to cool, fresh water 24 hours a day. Check the water bowl regularly to see if it needs refilled. Also make sure your pet has a shady spot in the yard to cool off under.

Watch for overheating if your pet stays outside for extended periods of time—if you see excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, or vomiting, move your pet to a cooler location and call your vet’s office immediately.

Update Preventatives

Many pests like to latch on to our pets in the warmer months. The best way to avoid any infections or sickness is to keep your pet on a year-round preventative. Ask your vet about a heartworm, flea, and tick medication that will work well for your pet.

Stay Out of the Car

Parked cars can quickly heat up like an oven, even on milder summer days. Leaving a pet in a parked car can result in serious health concerns or even death. It’s even illegal in some areas!

Walk Carefully

When walking with your pet in the summertime, do your best to avoid paved asphalt. Blacktop can heat up in no time, and easily will scorch your pet’s paw pads. Painful sores and blisters will result, and it’s far easier to avoid these than treat them after the fact.

Consider Pet Sunscreen

Yes, sunscreen is available that is specially formulated for dogs and cats. It’s especially helpful on exposed areas of the body, like the bridge of the nose and tips of the ears. Call your Broken Arrow veterinarian to ask about these products and get a good recommendation.

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