- Protect your pet’s paws: We don’t walk around on blistering pavement without shoes, so why should your pet? The group says on an 80-degree day, pavement can easily reach a sizzling 140 degrees. Walking without dog booties or other protective “shoes” can protect your pet from pain, burns, scarring and permanent damage.
- Make exercise mild: Your loyal pet will likely collapse before giving up, so if you’re exercising, never make them run along side you while you run or bike. Walks are best and of course get exercise done before the hottest part of the day.
- No rides in the bed of your truck: Not only is it illegal in many cities and states, making your dogs ride in the back of your truck can be dangerous and uncomfortable. Dogs can be thrown from the car at sudden stops or be strangled if tied up. Plus, it’s hot — don’t make them ride in the sun.
- Be smart around the pool: Your pets will probably enjoy the cool water, but remember not all pets are professional swimmers. Make sure you keep an eye on your pets around water and keep them from drinking chlorinated pool water.
- Know what to do in the event of an emergency: An animal overheating or suffering from heatstroke may be restless, panting heavily, vomiting, lethargic, clumsy or not eating. Immediately lower their body temperature by bringing them inside, applying a cold towel to their head and chest or putting them in cool water. Make sure they have water to drink, too. You should also ask a veterinarian for assistance.
- Certain pets are more susceptible: Elderly, overweight or pets with heart and lung diseases can easily get heatstroke. The ASPCA says certain breeds can also be bigger targets in hot weather — pugs, bulldogs, Persian cats and other pets with short muzzles have trouble cooling down by panting.
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.
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