It’s been a hot week so far in Oroville, so we wanted to share some reminders for keeping your pets cool in the summer months. Especially if your dog or cat spends time outside, here are some tips to help avoid heat stroke, dehydration and similar dangerous, heat-induced medical problems.
Keep your pets hydrated.
Even if your pet spends 20 minutes outdoors on a scorching hot day, he or she will need to have access to water. Should you dog start panting and drooling excessively, dehydration might be the culprit. Should your pet display bloodshot eyes or pale gums after the drooling and panting, you should immediately seek veterinary care.
Cater to your pet’s specific needs.
Do you have a dog with a thick coat? Does your pet have dark fur? Animals with those two characteristics are more likely to experience a problem in the hot weather. If your pet has a long or thick coat, you may want to consider visiting a local groomer to have them shaved or trimmed. The lack of hair will make them more comfortable. If your dog has a darker coat, make sure to encourage time in the shade to allow for a break from the sun.
Never leave pets in hot cars.
Even though it may only by 80 degrees out, car temperatures can quickly surpass those in the natural environment. Even with windows down, high car temperatures can reach fatal degrees very quickly in the hot California days. Should you absolutely have to make a stop that doesn’t allow you to take your dog, keep the AC running until you return.
Be cautious with exercise.
At Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital, we do like to encourage our clients to take their pets on walks, go for runs, play fetch and enjoy the warm weather. However, when it’s extremely hot outside, exercising in the heat can do more harm than good. If you want to exercise with your pet, we recommend early morning or late evening activities when the sun is less intense and the heat is down.
Summertime is the best for spending time outdoors with your pet and can be enjoyable and safe for all when the right measures are taken into place ahead of time. Should you pet display any signs of heat stroke, dehydration or general lethargy, please call our staff at Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital and we would be happy to help your pet cool off safely.