We are officially into the swing of summer and with it, 100+ degree temperatures during the day. Like humans, pets are susceptible to heat related injuries and illnesses. Here are some tips to keep your pets happy and safe this summer!
|1. Keep plenty of fresh water available both in your home and yard for your pet to access. Change the water regularly (every 1-2 days), as well as wash the bowls to prevent harmful bacteria, mold and algae from contaminating their water source.|
|2. Leave your pet at home! Spring and fall in Northern California provide moderate temperatures that are perfect for your furry companion to accompany you on errands or car trips, but during the height of the summer, avoid bringing your pet on any trip that would include leaving them alone in the car for any period of time. Car’s internal temperatures rise quickly in the sun, and air conditioning systems can fail.|
|3. Make sure your pet is current on flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Warm weather brings out a host of pests and parasites that can wreak havoc on your pet and negatively impact their health. Pets can develop skin allergies just from the presence of fleas, not to mention become infected with tapeworms. Mosquitoes transmit heartworms. Heartworm disease is rampant in Northern California, costly to treat, and can be fatal. The best protection is good prevention!|
|4. Save walks or outdoor activities with your pets for the cooler parts of the day, early in the morning or in the evening.|
|5. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and seek emergency care if your pet is experiencing heat related medical issues. Cats and dogs show similar signs of heat exhaustion, including excessive panting, drooling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, stumbling, redness of the tongue and mouth, rapid heart rate, poor responsiveness and seizures. Brachycephalic breeds are more at risk than other breeds for heat stroke. (Bulldogs, Boston terriers, etc., breeds with short noses and airways).|