Summer Safety for Your Pets

Protection from the heat

Some breeds of dogs are more sensitive to the heat than others. These breeds include brachycephalic or “smooshed face” breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Pekingese. Regardless of breed, the following tips are recommended to protect your pet from the heat.

  • Reserve long walks and play to early morning and evening hours.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a closed space or car, even with the windows cracked. Cars quickly exceed temperatures of 110°F!
  • Always make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water.

Recognizing signs of heat intolerance are vital to prevent heat related injury. These signs may include:

  • Respiratory Distress - Difficulty breathing/ excessive panting, loud breathing noise, purple-blue gums
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

If your pet is experiencing a heat related injury, rapid intervention prior to seeking veterinary medical attention can be life saving.

  • Move your pet into a cool environment.
  • Take their temperature at the start and throughout active cooling measures.
  • Bathe or hose down with cool, not cold, water. Stop active cooling measures at a temperature of 103°F.
  • Provide access to cool drinking water.

Opening your window on a nice summer day can result in devastating consequences if your cat or dog were to fall.

  • ALWAYS make sure your windows are outfitted with screens.


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