Heat Safety Tips For Your Pet

The summer heat in Tennessee is no joke. Hydration, staying inside during peak heat, and resting are all ways to keep yourself safe from heat exhaustion, and many of these tactics apply to your pets! While you may know your pets to be resilient, adventurous creatures, we must remember that the rising summer temperatures affect them too. It is important to make sure you are keeping your pet in mind by helping them beat the heat! Here are some heat safety tips to keep your pet healthy and safe.

Triggers and Signs of Heat Stroke In Pets

  • Sidewalks and asphalt can be extremely hot during summer and can hurt your pet’s paws! Keep in mind that if the sidewalk is too hot for your bare hands or feet, then it is too hot for your pet’s paws. 
  • Never ever leave your pet in a hot car! Even with the windows cracked open, the inside of your car can easily reach 120 degrees in just a few minutes. 
  • Heat stroke is a common risk for pets during summer. Dogs with short noses or snouts are at a higher risk for heat stroke, along with pets with extremely thick coats, senior pets, or overweight pets. 
  • Look out for signs of heat stroke. Symptoms can include:
    • Heavy panting and inability to calm down, even when lying down
    • Fast pulse
    • A brick red gum color
    • Inability to get up
    • Vomiting
    • Collapsing
    • Warm and dry skin
  • If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, immediately call Caudle Vet Clinic! In the meantime, you can:
    • Lower your pet’s body temperature by putting towels soaked in cool water on hairless sections of the pet’s body (tips of and backs of ears, foot pads, belly, inner thighs). Do NOT use very cold water or ice!
    • Use a fan to help cool your pet. 

Keeping Your Pet Safe During Hot Temperatures

  • Try to walk or exercise with your pet in the early morning or evening when the sun is not at its peak. From 10 am to 5 pm, it is best to play indoors instead. 
  • Limit outdoor activities on hot days. If you go outside to play with your pet during hotter hours, stick to grass and shaded areas whenever possible. 
  • Pets need to be well-hydrated during the summer so they may need extra water! Be sure to refill their water bowls several times a day. 
  • Open windows and doors are tempting avenues for your pet to venture outside. If they get lost during extreme temperatures, the results can be detrimental. Be sure to keep your pet close and cool during the summer!

Caudle Vet Clinic is happy to share tips and tricks for keeping your furry friends comfortable year-round. These preventative measures and regular health and wellness exams can keep your pet happy and healthy. If it has been a while since your pet has had a checkup, be sure to call and make an appointment! From parasite prevention to surgical procedures, Caudle is a one-stop shop for your pet’s needs. Just give us a call at (615) 227-6230. We’re here to provide the support and care you and your pet deserve!

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