Pet Summer Watch Outs

By Dr. Mina Young, Veterinarian

Here are three main issues pet parents should be on the look out for this summer.

  1. Heat strokes
    • It’s fun to go hiking, running, or just be outside for a long period of time in the summer. However, your pets are much more likely to get “too hot” under the ~90F humid weather. Heat strokes are dangerous and can be life threatening.
    • Common signs: heavy panting, drooling, wobbliness, collapse, bright red or pale gums.
    • Prevention: make sure there is fresh water available all the time. Provide shade. Give them plenty of time to rest during activities. Use a wet towel to wet their armpits, inner thighs, and their paws to cool them down. 
  2. Leptospirosis
    • Bacterial infection that can be lethal to your dog’s kidneys, liver, GI. Also contagious to humans! 
    • Common signs: vomiting (usually starts off on/off for a few weeks), lethargy, jaundice, diarrhea, fever, increased thirst and frequency of urination. 
    • Prevention: vaccinate! 
  3. Heartworm
    • Pets get them via mosquitoes! Not necessarily just a summer disease. They can get this all year long.
    • Common signs: coughing, heavy breathing, lethargy.
    • Prevention: Heartworm prevention all year long. Test them annually with a small blood work at the vet.

Contact your veterinarian if you believe your dog is showing any of the symptoms above, and remember Rocky Gorge is open 24/7/365 for pet emergencies.

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