Summer Pet Safety

The warmth of the summer sun can feel great after a long winter, but our pets can experience heat exhaustion and heat stroke much more quickly than we can. While it’s easy for us to walk into the house and retrieve a glass of water when we need it, our pets don’t have that luxury. That’s why we recommend keeping them as cool and hydrated as possible during these sweltering summer months.

Signs of Heat Stroke

If your pet needs to be outside on a hot sunny day for any reason, make sure they have easy access to plenty of fresh, cool water and sufficient shade to keep out of the sun, and never leave them unattended. This may seem like common sense, but simple carelessness can lead to unintended consequences, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Be sure to watch your pet for the following signs, which could indicate heat stroke:

  • Lethargy
  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Weakness
  • Bright red gums
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid/irregular heart rate

The average body temperature for dogs is about 37 to 39 degrees. Heat stroke can begin to occur when their temperature reaches 40 degrees.

Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Parked Vehicle

Cars are especially dangerous in the summer, though even on cooler days (15 degrees), they can heat up quickly. Did you know that if it’s 21 degrees outside, the inside of a parked car can heat up to 31 degrees in just 10 minutes? Never, ever leave your pet inside a parked car that’s been turned off—not even if the windows are open. It’s not worth putting your pet’s life at risk. You can learn more about summer safety from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, including tips on how to keep them cool and what to avoid in the garden.

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet this summer, don’t hesitate–contact us immediately at (705) 726-8002 so we can help!