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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

As a pet owner, one of your biggest responsibilities is to keep your pet safe from harm. As temperatures climb during the summer months, you may have to update your daily care routine to ensure your furry friend stays comfortable and cool.

Veterinary Care Recommendations for Heat Safety

Here are some Ormond Beach vet recommendations for keeping your pet safe from the dangers of overheating this summer.

Limit Exercise During the Midday Hours

If you typically walk or play with your pet outdoors during the day, try to shift those activities to the morning or evening when temperatures are still relatively low. Too much exercise in the heat can put your pet at risk of heat stroke.

Provide Plenty of Water

Even if your pet isn’t going outside much, you should still ensure their water bowl is always full, especially during the warm summer months. The overall climate could still affect their body temperature, and plenty of water will keep them healthy and cool.

Stick to Shady and Grassy Areas When Outdoors

If you need to take your pet outside, stay in shady areas as much as possible and avoid direct sun exposure, especially during the middle of the day. Also, stick to grassy areas to prevent your pet’s paws from being burned.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

You shouldn’t leave your pet unattended in a parked car at any time of year. However, this practice becomes even more dangerous to your pet’s health in the summer months.

Watch Closely for Signs of Heat Stroke

Some common signs of heat stroke include:

  • Distress
  • Heavy panting
  • Brick red gums
  • Quick pulse
  • Inability to get up

Keep your eyes peeled for these signs and seek veterinary care immediately if you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke.

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