Keeping your Pets Healthy and Safe
Dr. Jessica Lam, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine talks about how to keep your pets safe in the summer time.
PetSmart, Top Pawz Waterproof Boots
If you can't walk your dog during the early or late hours when concrete is cooler, this is a good way to protect him delicate paw pads. Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. Just like boots prevent the dog from absorbing the cold in the winter, they also isolate heat.
Quick tip: Feel the pavement with the back of your hand, if you can’t leave it there for five seconds, your dog should stay inside.
Identifying Heat Issues
Dogs can't sweat; they cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.
Summer Escapes Poly Pool Pet Bath
Always have a water bottle with you to hydrate your pooch
Another great idea is to fill a kiddie pool for your water-loving pets.
Home Depot, Orbit Cobra Mistand
Set up a fan like this one and simply attach a hose to provide immediate relief from the heat for your pets through the mist that is generated. Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when cooling him with water.
Quick tip: A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.
Whether or not to shave your pets
Many pet owners, especially cat parents, incorrectly think that shaving their animals during the heat will help cool them down. In reality, the layers of your pet’s coat help to protect them from overheating and from sunburn. Trimming long hair is perfectly okay, according to the ASPCA, but it’s unnecessary to do anything else for cooling purposes. Brushing your cat more often to help remove loose fur can also prevent overheating.
Furminator Grooming Tool
PetSmart, Top Paw Doggie Goggle
Can be used to stop excess cat shedding
Helps to dramatically reduce the amount of excess hair
Dander in the home
Dogs who love to stick their heads out of windows can suffer damage to their eyes from flying debris. “Doggles” or dog goggles should be worn to help prevent these injuries.
Pet First Aid Kit
Other useful items:
Phone numbers: your veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinary clinic (with directions), Poison Control Center/Hotline (i.e. SPCA Poison Control Center – 1-800-426-4435)
Life jacket (if camping)
Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don’t use if your pet is vomiting, chocking, coughing or having difficulty breathing; even the most well-trained dogs may bite when injured or afraid)
Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
Towel or blanket
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions, must obtain correct dosage from veterinarian for your pet’s size
Corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or low blood sugar)
Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
Splints or tongue depressors
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