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Posted on 07-27-2011
Summer means that the kids are out of school and that there is time for family holidays and fun gatherings around the pool. Pets need special care when it is hot; here are a few tips from our veterinarians for keeping your pet healthy and safe during the summer.
Don't leave your pet alone in the car, not even for a few minutes. The temperature inside the car can quickly rise to unbearable levels which can be very harmful to your pet, even deadly. Sadly, too often we treat patients at our animal vet clinic that have been left in hot cars.
Keep plenty of fresh water available to your pets, and if you're going out with your pet take water along with you. Dehydration is a serious condition in animals; call our Chester Springs veterinary hospital immediately if your pet is dehydrated.
Don't let your pet drink from puddles on or around the street. Puddles can contain antifreeze residue that can be toxic to animals. If you suspect your pet has ingested even a small amount of antifreeze call our animal vet clinic right away.
Chester Springs, Exton, Downingtown and Glenmoore all have their share of humid summer days. When animals are outside in high humidity they are unable to cool themselves properly and can get heatstroke as a result.
Older pets, those who are ill and those that are very young can not handle the heat very well. If possible let them stay indoors. Feel free to speak with a veterinarian at our animal hospital if you have any concerns.
Heatstroke in animals is considered a medical emergency and you should act quickly. Cool the pet as quickly as possible. Bring them indoors and apply cold, wet towels to their body. Contact us as quickly as possible and we can further advise you. Symptoms of heatstroke include: rapid panting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, staring, anxious behavior and the animal may even collapse.
Keep these tips in mind and your pet should have a safe and healthy summer!
What are some fun things that you or your family enjoy doing during the summer with your pet?
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