Keep Your Pets Cool When the Temps Heat Up!

summer_dog_300Summer is upon us and many people are spending more and more time outside. While it’s important for you to keep cool, here are a few tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat, too:

• Don’t leave your pet alone in the car. Animals can be affected by heat stroke within minutes.
• Be sure vaccinations, such as rabies and parvo are up to date.
• Use a heavy screen or keep your windows closed if you have cats.
• Keep lawn and garden products far away from your pets. Citronella candles also should be out of reach.
• Be mindful of surface temperatures when walking your dog outside. Opt for times outside of peak sun exposure.

Know the warning signs of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately!  For more pet care tips from the ASPCA, click here>>