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Posted on 07-31-2015

5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Summer Heat

With the rising heat and humidity, our veterinarians, here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, have prepared a few tips so that you can keep your pets cool all summer.

1. Pay Attention to the Heat and Humidity

Dogs cool themselves through their footpads and by panting. When there is a lot of moisture in the air, water does not evaporate in a timely manner, which makes the dog's natural cooling abilities less effective. For these reasons, pet owners should pay attention to the heat index. Dogs can overheat in as little as 15 minutes when the heat index is high.

2. Shorten exercise Durations

Limit your pet's outdoor exercise to 15 minutes or less on hot days. If your pet has white or light colored ears, find a place to exercise with lots of shade to lower your pet's chances of getting a sunburn. If you have a pet with a short nose, pay attention to their breathing and panting. Dogs with short noses are known for having breathing problems in high heat.

3. Morning and Evening Exercise

To prevent heatstroke and burnt footpads, exercise your dog in the early mornings and late evenings. Also try to exercise your dog where there is minimal pavement. If your dog must walk across pavement, you can purchase dog booties to help protect your pet's feet.

4. Water and Ice

Make sure to keep plenty of fresh water on hand and add a few ice cubes to the bowl. When out on walks, remember to bring plenty of cool bottled water for yourself and your pet.

5. Provide Cool Treats

Dogs love cool treats just as much as their human owners, and there are lots of websites with recipes for DIY frozen pet treats. The Humane Society offers a recipe for Peanut Butter Pup-sicles.

If you pet starts panting excessively or seems lethargic during or after outside playtime, do not hesitate to call our veterinary office in Canton at 770-200-1524. These symptoms could be signs of heatstroke.

How are you protecting your pets from the summer heat?

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