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
* 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.