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Summer has officially arrived! Sunshine, hot temperatures and rising humidity are here to stay! How is your pet handling the warmer weather and are you keeping a watchful eye on your furry family member?
Warmer weather on our pets can be stressful. Pets can’t control the thermostat like we can and they depend on us to provide shelter, fresh water and grooming maintenance. So what do you need to watch for with your pet this summer?
Similar to the human body, a dog or cat’s body is affected by rising temperatures creating a variety of health risks. Hyperthermia is when your pet’s body temperature goes above the normal range (100 – 102.5 F) for a prolonged amount of time. The effects of hyperthermia can include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, organ failure, coma or even death, all common symptoms of a heat stroke in pets.
To prevent hyperthermia or a heat stroke keep the following tips in mind:
Water safety for our pets is also important during the summer months. Most dogs love to jump in the pool with the kids or tag along at the lake for a fishing trip. Keep these tips in mind when around the water this summer: