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posted on Jun. 19, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
1. Make sure your pet is on year-round preventativemedication for heartworm.
Rachael Ball - Newsletter
This parasite is prevalent during the warmer months and it’s extremely important to protect your pup from it.
2. Pets can get dehydrated pretty fast so make sure they always have access to plenty of clean, fresh water.
Kristine Lee - Newsletter
3. If you’re outside, make sure your pet has a shady spot where he can take a break from the sun.
4. Do not over-exercise your pet and if it’s extremely hot out, just stay inside where it’s cool.
5. Be aware of the warning signs of overheating.
Symptoms include an increased heart rate, physical weakness, excessive panting, and drooling. Extreme cases can even include collapse, seizures, vomit and bloody diarrhea.
6. NEVER leave your pet alone in the car.
Dr. Louise Murray of the ASPCA Animal Hospital says, “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke.”
7. Get screens in your windows!
Your dog or cat could fall out of your window and be seriously or fatally injured — so secure those screens and shut windows that don’t have them!
8. If it’s safe, trim that extra hair — but no shaving!
If your vet says it’s okay to give your pup a bit of a haircut, then go for it! But don’t take off too much, your dog’s coat is layered to protect him from the sun.
9. Brush your pup!
Brushing will help keep your dog or cat cool, and it’ll keep her clean while protecting her from possible summer skin problems!
10. Stay away from hot sidewalks and asphalt.
Just like your bare feet on hot pavement, your pup’s feet are super sensitive to heat, so be careful where he puts his paws.
11. Leave your pets home on the Fourth of July, andnever use fireworks around your buddy.
12. Check the humidity.
Since animals sweat differently than humans, high humidity makes it difficult for them to cool themselves — so keep an eye on that weather report!
13. Try making a cool frozen treat for your pet!
These frozen treat recipes are super simple and they’ll help cool your pet from the inside out.
14. Go for walks in the morning and evening while the temperatures are cooler, so your pet still gets time out of the house without getting too hot.
15. Don’t leave your dog outside alone for prolonged periods of time.
Your pup can overheat quickly and it’s important for you to keep an eye on him so he stays happy and healthy even on the warmest of days!
16. Your pets need sunblock too!
Sunburn can affect your pets, too! Dogs with pink skin and white hair are especially susceptible to sunburn, so make sure you have a pet-safe sunblock and don’t let your spend spend too much time catchin’ rays.
17. Know your pet’s fitness limitations and don’t push him.
Rachael Ball - Newsletter
If your pet isn’t super fit, don’t push him on especially hot days. “Avoid strenuous exercise” altogether in extremely humid or hot weather.
18. If you’re at the beach, your pup might want to drink water, but don’t let him drink too much! The salt in sea water will make him sick.