Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer Heat

Summer is here, but so is the heat! During the summer, we take extra precautions to make sure our four-legged residents are cool and comfortable. And it’s important to do the same for your pets at home.

Always provide access to plenty water and shade. Be aware of hot sidewalks and roads during walks—if it’s too hot to the touch, it’s too hot for paws. And never leave a pet unattended in a hot vehicle, even if you’re parked in the shade.

Also take the time to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of heat stroke, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy and lack of appetite. Other warning signs might include a dark tongue and rapid heartbeat, as well as more general symptoms such as fever, vomiting or bloody diarrhea. Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you have concerns. Be sure to identify one of Salem’s emergency vet clinics near you in case a weekend or after-hour emergency ever occurs.

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. And doing it safely for both you and your furry friend makes it even better,