Dog Days Of Summer Pet Care

Written By: KPN - Jun• 24•16

The Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter offers some great tips about caring for our four-legged friends during the steamy days of summer.

By following a few summer pet safety tips, we can keep our animal friends healthy to enjoy days of sun and fun.

And on July 4th – remember to leave them inside with the appropriate identification tags.

  • Never leave your pet in the car. Though it may seem cool outside, the sun can raise the temperature inside your car to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
  • As you’re outside enjoying the warm weather, keep your pet leashed. It will keep her from getting lost, fighting other animals, and eating and drinking things that could make her sick.
  • Water, water everywhere. Whether you’re indoors or out, both you and your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer.
  • Pets need sunscreen too. Though all that fur helps protect her, your pet can get sunburned. So keep your pet out of the blazing sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and when you do go out, rub a bit of sun block on unprotected areas like the tips of her ears, the skin around her lips, and the tip of her nose.
  • Say no to tangles. Keeping your pet well groomed will help her hair do what it was designed to do: protect her from the sun and insulate her from the heat.
  • Watch out for antifreeze. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals.
  • Be cautious on humid days. Humidity interferes with animals’ ability to rid themselves of excess body heat.
  • Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert herself. Though exercise is an important part of keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight, which helps her body stay cool, overdoing it can cause her to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure she has plenty of water.
  • Bring them inside. Animals shouldn’t be left outside unsupervised on long, hot days, even in the shade.
  • Keep an eye out for heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you must act quickly and calmly. Have someone call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body.

Signs of Heatstroke

Panting ♦ Staring ♦ Anxious expression ♦ Refusal to obey commands ♦ Warm, dry skin ♦ High fever ♦ Rapid heartbeat ♦ Vomiting ♦ Collapse

• Please remember, if the asphalt is too hot for you to walk on, it’s too hot for your pet.

Have a nice, safe summer with your four-legged friends.

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