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Summertime Safety for Pets

Are you ready for summer? We are! California summers can get pretty hot, so you’ll want to be sure your beloved pet stays safe in the heat. Here are some great tips from a Poway veterinarian for keeping your furkid safe in hot weather.

Water

Make sure your furry pal has an unlimited supply of fresh water. On sweltering summer days, add a few ice cubes to the water to keep it cool.

Bedding

Place a fan so that it helps cool the air around your pet’s bed. You can also help your pet stay cooler by getting them a hammock bed. These beds allow air to circulate beneath them, which keep them cooler. On really hot nights, put a towel or blanket in the freezer, and put that on your furbaby’s bed.

Shade

Make sure your pet has access to cool, shady areas. Try to keep your furball inside during the hottest hours of the day. Walk dogs in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out.

Grooming

Brushing your pet will help remove dead fur, and keep your furry pal’s coat free of tangles, which reduce the insulating properties of that pretty fur.

Frozen Treats

Our canine and feline friends can both enjoy special frozen treats, though these might go over better with Fido than with Fluffy. For dogs, freeze doggie treats in water or low-sodium chicken broth in ice cube trays. When it comes to Fluffy, try freezing little bits of tuna in water or broth, along with some of her wet food.

Car Safety

Never leave your pet in the car during hot weather. The interior of a closed vehicle can become dangerously hot in just a few minutes. Keep your furkid at home instead.

At-Risk Pets

Elderly pets, and those that are very young, sick, or weak, are much more sensitive to temperature extremes. If your furbaby falls into any of the above categories, keep them inside as much as possible during hot weather.

Pool Safety

Fido may love swimming, but he can easily get in trouble. Make sure he knows where the pool steps are, so he can get out again.

Warning Signs

Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat stroke. Warning signs include panting, dizziness, elevated pulse and breathing, lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, contact us, your Poway veterinary clinic, immediately!

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