Pet Heat Safety Tips from Your Veterinarian
When you think of Arizona, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the heat. Summers here in Tucson can be hard to handle, even for long-time residents. For our pets, the summer heat can be an even greater danger, since they can’t cool themselves down as effectively as we can. Always be aware of weather conditions, how they’ll affect your pet, and how you can keep them safe.
Our animal hospital recommends the tips below to keep your pet healthy and comfortable:
- Don’t leave your pet outside, unattended, and without proper shelter from the sun and fresh water. We also recommend getting your pet a small wading pool they can use to cool down.
- Never bring your pet along with you on errands if it means leaving them unattended in your parked vehicle. The inside of a car can go from 75 to 90 degrees in about 10 minutes.
- Walk your pet in early in the morning and later in the evening when the sun is lower and the ground is cooler; hot pavement can burn your pet’s feet and raise their body temperature.
- Bring along plenty of cool water for your pet when you take them on walks or day trips.
- Signs of heatstroke in pets include heavy panting, trouble breathing, bright red gums, excessive drooling, and a higher-than-normal body temperature. If your pet is showing any of these signs, let us know immediately so we can treat them.
When in doubt, keep your pet indoors with you where they can enjoy the air conditioning and your company. Always remember that your pet is not as efficient at cooling down, and that what may feel like a nice mild day for you may be too much for your pet.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding heat safety, please call us at (520) 722-2771.