Spring & Summer Pet Safety Tips

Spring & Summer Pet Safety Tips

By Aaron Vannoy - Animal Services Manager

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – Spring and summer can offer you and your pet fun in the great outdoors, but these months also bring dangerous temperatures. Animal Services is offering these tips to pet owners to keep furry friends safe this summer:• Don’t leave pets in parked cars for any period of time. Animals left in parked cars can suffer brain damage and die from heatstroke. On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature in a car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes. Dogs and cats don’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. {{more}}• Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets so they can stay cool.• Take extra care with older, short-nosed and thick coated dogs by limiting exercise to early morning or evening hours on warm days. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.• Flea and tick treatment is encouraged but use only treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions.• Pets can get sunburned too so putting sunscreen on your dogs nose and tips of their ears is a good practice.Heatstroke can occur in pets, but is preventable by taking the above precautions. Signs of heatstroke include: heavy panting and dry gums, vomiting, diarrhea, elevated temperature, staggering, sluggishness, seizures, unresponsiveness. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, contact your veterinarian immediately.