As we welcome this year’s Texas summer heat with its joys of swimming, barbecuing and playing ball, we must also remember to take precautions for our pets.
Although there’s not a precise temperature that’s considered “too hot” for our pets, the high 80’s and above can pose serious health risks for them. One of the most serious risks is heat stroke/exhaustion. Caution must be taken with all pets, but overweight and brachycephalic (animals with short noses such as bulldogs, frenchies, bostons, etc.) pets are at a significant elevated risk for heat stroke/exhaustion, even if only exposed for short periods of time. Keep an extra close eye on these pets!
So what should you look for?
- elevated body temperature
- excessive panting
- pale gums
If you see any of these signs, please give us a call or go to an emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
A less frequently considered summer risk is the one posed by hot concrete. Concrete/black top absorbs and holds on to heat very effectively and can easily burn and blister your pets’ paw pads. The general rule to follow is: if it’s too hot for you to stand on with bare feet, it’s too hot for your pets’ paws. Keep an eye out for limping, paw pad discoloration, excessive paw chewing and reluctance to stand. Paw pad injuries are prone to infections and slow to heal so give us a call if your pet shows any signs of paw pad burns or blisters.
Summer should be fun, make sure it’s fun for your pets too!
Did you know that July is National Recreation and Parks Month? Although this awareness campaign is directed at getting humans to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, it's important to remember that pets also need physical activity. Besides keeping his weight at a healthy level, regular exercise helps to decrease digestive disorders, joint problems, diabetes, heart issues, and other serious health concerns for the animal member of your family.
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