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Posted on: June 12, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Summer Pet Care


Below are some key tips for keeping your pet cool, safe, and happy this summer:

* Don’t leave your pet in a hot vehicle -- whenever possible, leave pets at home where they are happier and more comfortable on hot, humid days

* Ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water, shade, and air circulation to stay cool

* Safeguard your pet from picnic foods, pool chemicals, coolants, and lawn products (e.g., fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides)

* Shelter your pet from Fourth of July fireworks by bringing your pet indoors and playing the radio or television to buffer the sounds

* Keep your dog on a leash when away from home

* Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and pet license in case of escape

In addition, watch for signs of heatstroke, such as:

* Excessive, rapid panting
* Bright red tongue and thick saliva
* Weakness, dizziness, and confusion
* Vomiting
* Labored breathing

Heatstroke can be serious and can lead to death if left untreated. Pets are more susceptible if they are very young, senior, flat-faced, or have health conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your pet this summer, contact your veterinarian.

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