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16765 East Parkview Avenue
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 – (480) 837-0800

Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy During the Warm Summer Months

It is very important to keep your pet safe during the summertime, especially in Arizona where we see very high temperatures. Make sure to follow these tips to keep your pet safe!

Always have fresh water available for your pet. Try to limit the amount of time your pet spends outdoors. If spending time outside, make sure there is a shady place for them to rest. Do NOT over exercise your pet outside.

Some warning signs that your pet may be overheating are:

  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart or respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness or even collapse
  • Seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Some pets are more susceptible to heat stroke like animals with flat faces (Pugs, Persian cats), the elderly and the overweight. It is important to keep these pets in an air-conditioned area as much as possible.

Call us right away at (480) 837-0800 if you think your pet may be overheating.

NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle. Remember, the inside of a car is much hotter than the outside temperature. Cracking your windows in the car has no effect at all.  Also remember that leaving pets in a parked vehicle alone during extreme heat is illegal in several states, including Arizona.

Visit this link for more information: http://www.redrover.org/mydogiscool/how-hot-do-cars-get

It is always fun for your pet to enjoy the pool! But do not leave your pets unattended. Some dogs are not very good swimmers. Make sure to introduce the water gradually and always put a floatation device on your pet when on a boat.  Some pools contain chemicals that could cause your pet’s stomach to be upset. Rinse your dog off after swimming to help prevent this.

The asphalt on a hot summer day can burn your pet’s sensitive paw pads. If it too hot for you to put your bare hand on the asphalt, then it is too hot for your pet’s paws. Try to prevent your dog from walking on the asphalt for a long period of time. Keep walks short during the hot summer months. It is best to walk your pet during the early morning or evening times when it is cooler. Doggy booties are also highly recommended and can be purchased at Spike’s Treats or other pet supply stores.

Fireworks are popular in the summertime. But some pets are very scared of them. Do not bring your pet to any festivities where there might be fireworks. Also, keep any eye on your pet and try to comfort them during the firework shows.

Remember that rattlesnakes are still out and active during the hot temperatures.

For more tips, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx.


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