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Summer Tips for Pets

By June 25, 2020April 7th, 2022No Comments

Summertime has activities for pets like sprinkler fun, outdoor running, and hiking. It also a time to bond more with your furry companion. But as the temperature rises, your furry animal becomes at risk for heatstroke and dehydration. Unfortunately, pets cannot sweat the same way as us to cool down, so they can easily overheat. We at Village Veterinary Clinic want to prevent that from happening, so our veterinarians in Burke came up with several tips to help your pet get through the summer with ease.

Give Your Pet Plenty of Water

Dehydration is a possibility that can occur during the hotter months of the year, which means your pet will need to have access to water when it gets thirsty. Make sure that your animal has fresh, clean, and cool water inside the house as well as outside the house when it goes out for a bit.

Walk Your Pet During Cooler Hours of The Day

The hottest times of the day are between the hours of noon and 3 pm, which can be dangerous for your pet’s paws if you walk it on the asphalt pavement. For instance, if it is 87 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the pavement temperature could reach to 143 degrees. To avoid your pet burning its paws, consider walking it early in the morning or late in the evening.

Recognize The Signs of Overheating

As we mentioned before, pets cannot cool down like us, so it is important to recognize the symptoms of overheating. If your furry four-legged animal has any of the following symptoms, be sure to take it to our animal hospital for an evaluation and treatment:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weak legs
  • Dry or red gums
  • Heavy panting or drooling
  • Collapse
  • Trouble breathing
  • Increased heart or respiratory rate
  • Seizures
  • The body temperature is over 104 degree

Never Leave Your Animal In The Car

Although pets love car rides, it isn’t a good idea to leave them in the car when temperatures are soaring. The heat in the car can rise much higher than the outdoor temperature, and cracking a window is not helpful. If you have shopping to do, leave your furry animal at home where there is proper air condition.

Call Our Animal Hospital in Burke Immediately If Your Pet Has Symptoms of Heatstroke or Dehydration

Summer is fun for everyone, including pets. But, taking precautions during the hotter days of the year can help prevent health complications from arising in your family pet. If you notice any signs of heatstroke or dehydration in your animal, give Village Veterinary Clinic a call right away. Our veterinarian in Burke is here to help. Our number is 703-978-8655.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

To our Village Vet Family,

Effective July 1, 2022, Dr. Cate Adsit will be on extended medical leave. During her absence, we will need your kind patience and understanding as Dr. Lonam will be working as our only full-time Veterinarian, now covering both very substantial caseloads with limited relief. Our area has been exceptionally affected by a nationwide shortage of Veterinary professionals.

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