We've all heard the phrase "staying cool as a cucumber", but surviving the hot days and nights of summer is a much more difficult task for our pets. From those with long coats to short-nosed breeds, our furry friends face special challenges during the summer months.
In Ferndale, the average high temperature is around 80 degrees in July and August. That's why our staff at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is offering some summer safety tips for your pet.
Read on to learn how you can help get your pet through the dog days of summer.
Visit the Veterinarian Before Summer Arrives
Seasonal dangers for our pets are higher in the summer than in any other season. That's because external parasites such as fleas and ticks thrive in warm conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the highest risk of being bitten by a tick in this area occurs during spring and summer. That means you should consult with our veterinary staff now to get your pet on the right preventative products.
Know the Signs of Heat Stress
Recognizing and preventing heat stress and exhaustion in pets is imperative in the summer months. That's because many pet owners fail to realize that dogs have almost no cooling mechanism once they begin to overheat.
If your dog begins to excessively pant, you need to watch for other signs of heat stress. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, those signs include trouble breathing, increased heart rate, excessive drooling, weakness, trouble walking, and collapse. The most severe symptoms can also include seizures and vomiting.
Provide Your Pet With Ways to Cool Off
It's not enough to send your pet outside in the summer months with just a patch of shade to rest in. They should have access to an environment with a cool and controlled temperature and plenty of fresh and cold water. In addition, hot surfaces should be avoided, which means walking in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.
One place your pet won't cool off is the car. Traveling with your pet in the middle of summer should be avoided unless necessary, such as a trip to see the veterinarian. While there has been a larger effort to raise awareness in recent years, some pet owners have no idea how badly a car can overheat even with the windows cracked. On an 85º day, it takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102º.
Warm Weather, No Worries
If you're looking for tips to keep your pets safe and healthy this summer, contact the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County today at (845) 292-6711.