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Posted on: June 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Summer Pet Care


Safe pet tips from Animal Services.

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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