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Posted on 06-12-2013
Your pet looks to you for all of its basic needs, and anyone who has spent a day in the hot sun knows that staying cool is one of them. Here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, our goal is to assist you in keeping your pets healthy. During the summer, that means understanding how to keep your pets cool.
1. Keep your pets indoors during particularly hot days in Canton. Most types of pets don't do well at temperatures above 95 degrees, especially if they're outdoors for an extended period or they are highly active during their time outside. If you do take your pets out on hot days, try to do so in the morning or evening when it's cooler, and provide plenty of water so they stay hydrated.
2. Place your pet in front of a fan or air conditioner if he gets especially hot. You may notice signs like panting, lowered activity level, and drooling. Sitting in front of cool air can help cool your pet down; just like it helps you cool down. If you notice that your pet is exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke, which include: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, a very fast heartbeat, and bloodshot eyes, call Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic right away.
3. Use water to your advantage. Cool water can work wonders in cooling down your pet's body temperature. Cats generally don't love water, but a damp towel can feel very refreshing and help cool down a cat that is overheating. Dogs may enjoy playing in a kiddie pool or lying on a wet towel.
4. Groom your pet regularly. Many dogs and cats shed their winter coat and get a thinner summer one, and brushing your pet can help the process happen faster when the temperature warms up. In addition, brushing helps remove loose hairs throughout the summer and keeps the coat untangled, which helps with air circulation.
What are some of your pet's favorite things to do during the summer in Canton?
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