HEAT STROKE WARNING!
With temperatures in the 90's and humidity pushing the "feel-like" temps over 100 degrees, your pet could be in danger of having a heat stroke. Remember, dogs can't sweat. They rely heavily on panting to cool themselves.
Here are some tips and information to help keep your pet safe from the heat this summer.
- Keep fresh water available, and make sure your dog has a cool place to spend the day.
- If a heat advisory is in effect, make sure you bring your pet indoors.
- Never leave your dog in a car during hot or warm days and avoid walking or exercising them during the heat of the day.
- Make sure you keep your pet off hot pavement. It will burn the pads of their paws.
- Keep your pet's vaccines up-to-date and continue flea and tick medication.
Heatstroke is a significant problem for dogs. If you plan to be outside with your pet, carry water and take frequent breaks.
Remember that young, elderly, or sick dogs are more likely to become dehydrated or otherwise ill as a result of heat exposure.
Like you, we want your pet to be happy and healthy. If your pet hasn't had a regular check-up in a while, now is a good time before the weather gets warmer and the parasites are in full attack mode.
Finally, if you work or plan to be away and can't leave your pet inside during the day, call us at 967-7383 to board your pet at AVAC. We have cool suites and kennels to help your pet beat the heat.
Melissa Joseph Miller, DVM