It’s summertime in Edina, and that means pets will be getting out and exploring their worlds a little more while the weather is nice. But as the mercury climbs, the weather outside can become less comfortable for pets and even create a number of serious health risks.

 

It’s more important than ever during the warm weather months to stay on top of your pet’s health. Our veterinary care team at Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina believes it’s important to educate pet owners on protecting their pets all year long. So, we’ve put together this guide to share some important tips for protecting your pets when the weather outside is hot and the humidity is high.

 

Follow this advice, and don’t forget to call us to schedule your pet’s regular health check!

1. Limit Your Pet’s Play Time on Hot Days

Hot weather can pose several serious health risks for pets. Pets are far more likely to become dehydrated in the heat. Pets with fair fur and skin can easily become sunburned and are at an increased risk of skin cancer.

 

Animals susceptible to respiratory issues can experience trouble breathing, much like humans with asthma. To minimize the risk to your pets, be sure to provide them with plenty of water and limit their time spent outdoors to mornings and after dark.

2. Keep Your Pets Cool

It’s important to provide your pets with plenty of shade and cool airflow during the hot weather. Your pet should also have access to plentiful cool water. Some dogs also enjoy romping in a kiddie pool filled with cool water on a hot day.

3. Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

The temperature inside your car can become dangerously hot in a matter of minutes. Leaving a pet inside your vehicle is never safe or acceptable, even if you’ve rolled down the windows.

 

If you find a pet locked in a hot car on a summer day, try to find its owner immediately. Call for help immediately and try to rescue the animal.

4. Keep Your Pets Hydrated Always

Anytime you go on an expedition, remember to bring extra water for your pet and keep a full bowl of water nearby at all times.

 

You should also be wary of allowing your pets to drink from ponds and lakes as blue-green algae bloom in these types of water during warmer months. So, ensure that they are not exposed to algae-filled water.

5. Groom Shedding and Long-Haired Dogs

The beginning of summer is when most dogs start to shed their coats, so frequent grooming will help to remove the extra hair and make your dog more comfortable. If your dog or cat has long, thick fur, she may benefit from a shave or a haircut.

 

Regularly brushing your dog’s fur will also give you more time to examine their skin and paws for injuries, ticks, and fleas.

6. Keep Your Pets Off Hot Pavement and Sand

Many pet owners frequently forget to check the feet of their furry friends. Hot pavement and sand can quickly burn paw pads.

 

Depending on the sun’s intensity, pavements and sandy areas get hot in the summer, and if they get too hot, your dog’s paws could get burned.

7. Know the Signs of Pet Heatstroke

Older animals and animals with health conditions are at greater risk of heat stroke, but every pet is susceptible when the temperature begins to climb. Keep an eye out for signs of heatstroke.

 

If your pet is lethargic, has trouble breathing, is panting heavily, or shows other signs of heat stroke, get help immediately.

 

Watch for the following signs of heatstroke in your dog:

 

●        excessive salivation and panting

●        severe discomfort

●        Seizures

●        diarrhea and gagging

●        Disorientation

 

Move your dog into a cooler area immediately and call your vet if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet. Until you can get to the vet’s clinic, you can use ice packs and give your pet some cool water to relieve the discomfort.

Contact Our Edina Veterinarian Care Team to Keep Your Pet Healthy All Summer

When it comes to protecting your pet during the hot summer months, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Planning ahead to keep your pet safe during the summer is crucial to keeping him happy and healthy when the summer sun is high.

 

Our Normandale Veterinary Hospital team can check your pet’s health and groom her to keep her more comfortable when the temperature rises.

 

Schedule your appointment by calling us at 952-831-8272 or visit our contact page to connect with a member of our veterinary services team.