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The long hot days of summer don’t have to be hazardous to

 your pet’s health.  A little precaution can go a long way in

 keeping your pet healthy this summer!

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car in warm weather; the temperature inside the car can easily reach 120º on a sunny day in a matter of minutes!
  • Provide plenty of cool and clean drinking water in a bowl that can not tip over.
  • Limit exercise to the cooler hours of the early morning or late evening.
  • On very warm days leave the air conditioning on at home while you are at work.
  • Be sure your pet is vaccinated against infectious disease and is on a monthly heartworm, flea and tick control program.
  • Keep your pet’s kennel in a well-ventilated and shaded area where they can avoid midday sun and heat.  When outside, your pet must have a shady and sheltered place to rest as well as water at all times.
  • Direct consumption of lawn herbicides and pesticides may be fatal.  Keep your pet out of the yard for 3 days after treatment.
  • Pets should be kept well groomed; long hair and mats should be clipped to help cool your pet and prevent skin disease.
  • If you are traveling, leave your veterinarian’s number and a number where you can be reached for your pet sitter in case of emergency.

 Heat Stroke can be deadly to your pet!

Signs of Heat Stroke are:


  • panting
  • drooling
  • bright red tongue
  • warm dry skin
  • vomiting
  • anxious expression
  • not obeying commands
  • rapid heartbeat

If you notice the above symptoms, take immediate action by lowering your pet’s body temperature.  Immerse your pet in cool (not ice-cold) water or spray it with a hose, then rush your pet to your veterinarian for continued treatment.