Hot Weather Pet Hazards
Summer has arrived in full force. Is your pet ready to face the heat and other hazards of the season? Learn more below from your Reynoldsburg veterinary professional.
Dehydration and Heatstroke
A pet that spends too long in the hot, humid weather and scorching sun is at risk for deadly dehydration and heatstroke. Avoid these by keeping your pet indoors in the air conditioning, only letting him out for short periods. Also provide plenty of cool, fresh water at all times. Keep your vet’s number on hand to call if you do suspect these hazards have taken hold.
We aren’t the only ones who can get sunburnt—cats and dogs, too, can suffer painful burns and redness from too much exposure to the sun. Try using a dog- or cat-specific sunscreen, available at many pet supply stores and vet’s offices, to protect areas of skin that your pet’s fur doesn’t cover. Ask your vet to recommend a good product.
Never leave a pet inside a car on a hot day; it’s even illegal in many areas! Temperatures inside a parked car can skyrocket, quickly leading to deadly symptoms for pets. Either leave your pet at home or make sure you can bring them inside at your destination.
You might not think of blacktop driveways or parking lots as particularly hazardous, but the truth is that they’re quite dangerous for our pets in the summer! These surfaces can heat up to unbearable temperatures on hot summer days, and a pet’s paw pads can easily be burned. Avoid these surfaces whenever possible, choosing instead to walk your pet on cool grass or concrete.
Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and parasitic worms enjoy the warm weather as much as you and your pet. Keep your furry friend safe by keeping them on appropriate year-round preventative medications to stop the spread of infection.