How to Tell it’s Too Hot Out for Your Pet

By Dr. Aubrie Smith,  Associate Veterinarian

Summer is here and your furry friend is eager to enjoy the beach and barbecue. Take some time to remind yourself that your pet is not able to handle the hot sun as well as you are. Below are a few tips to help you prevent potential life-threatening heat stroke.

While outside with your dog, be sure to keep track of his/her energy level and behaviors. Excessive panting and drinking, drooling, red gums, and slow pace are the first signs that your pet is too hot. This may progress to vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness that may necessitate veterinary care. If at any time your pet becomes disoriented, starts to stumble or collapses, this is a medical emergency and requires an immediate trip to the vet.

Finally, if you’re too hot, imagine being covered in fur! Never leave your pet out in weather that is uncomfortable for you.

Beat the heat and enjoy a safe, happy summer with your pet!

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