It’s definitely heating up these days so we wanted to take a minute to give you a few tips for the care of your pet.
One of the things you need to be aware of is the risk of heatstroke, especially in Florida. However, any hot environment can cause a heatstroke.
Very common causes of heatstrokes in pets are leaving them in a car or not properly watering and shading them on a hot day. (As a note, in Florida it’s actually against the law to leave your pet in a car while unattended.)
Things to watch for which could be signs of a coming heatstroke are:
- excessive panting
- moving slowly
- bright red tongue
- lack of coordination
- any signs of discomfort
If you have a pet with a thick fur coat, you may try to think about getting him a summer shave. The fur coat is a great way to warm him or her up in the winter time. Reversely, it will help make your pet hotter than he needs to be in the summer months.
The basic idea is that dogs don’t really sweat. They attempt to cool themselves down by panting. While doing this long and hard enough, they are unable to regulate their body temperature. Their body temperature will rise and this is what produces a heatstroke.
Some precautions you can take are to ensure he or she isn’t outside too long. Let your pet have a break indoors, let him cool down and then send him back out if he wants to. Ensure your pet drinks enough water. You can also wash him down with a water hose or let him jump in the pool to cool down.
We hope this was helpful for you! Have a great and safe summer!