Hot Weather Health Tips for Your Dog or Cat

Hot Weather Health Tips for Your Dog or Cat

Summer is in full swing—now more than ever, it’s important to keep your furry friend’s health in mind. After all, most of our pets are wearing a thick fur coat that they can’t remove! In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, you’ll learn how to effectively keep your pet safe during hot weather.

Don’t Linger Outdoors

Rule number one for summer: don’t allow your pet to stay outdoors for extended periods of time, especially in the middle part of the day. Try exercising your pet in the cooler morning or evening hours, when temperatures are a bit lower and the sun isn’t directly overhead. This way, you’re avoiding dangerous heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration.

Pest Prevention

Summer is prime-time for pesky critters like fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes to start causing trouble. Keep your pet on seasonal or year-round pest preventatives to ward off the danger. It’s far easier—and less expensive—than eradicating an infestation or illness later! If your pet isn’t already set up with the proper preventatives, call your vet’s office today.

Hydration and Shade

When your pet is spending time outdoors, make sure there is at least one shaded area for him to relax under and get out of the direct sunlight. Whether your pet is indoors or out, provide a large bowl of cool, fresh water to keep your animal companion well-hydrated. On especially hot days, try dropping an ice cube or two into the water dish for extra refreshment.

Asphalt Awareness

While on walks, don’t linger on asphalt parking lots or driveways. When the sun beats down on such surfaces all day, they can heat up dramatically and burn a pet’s paw pads! Do your best to walk your pet on cooler grass or dirt surfaces instead.

Careful in the Car

Never leave your pet in a parked car—even with the windows cracked—on a hot summer day. (It’s even illegal in many areas!) Temperatures inside a parked car can skyrocket in a matter of minutes to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, even when the temperature outside is only in the 70s or 80s. A pet inside the car may quickly experience serious dehydration and heatstroke. If you can’t bring your pet indoors at your destination, leave them at home.

Want more tips for keeping your pet safe this summer? Call your Fox Chapel, PA vet.

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