Living in Tampa, our veterinary clients need to be very careful of the summer time heat. Many of us love the sun and enjoy spending time outside with our pets but it is critical to remember that they do not have the same cooling mechanisms that we do and we need to take extra precautions with them in many scenarios.
Since our furry canine friends don’t have the ability to sweat, their primary mechanism to remove extra heat is through panting. Sure it is normal for dogs to pant a little, but during our hot, humid summers, it is very easy for them to become overwhelmed and develop heat stroke. Having plenty of water available is one of the most important things to remember but making sure you limit their strenuous activities during the heat of the day is also extremely important. Our veterinarians in Tampa see more than a few cases a year of heat related diseases and believe that many of them could have been prevented.
One of the most obvious things to watch out for is leaving your pets in an unventilated warm area such as a car or a house without A/C going. Even though we may be only going into the store for a couple of minutes, the temperatures can rise in a vehicle rapidly and cause problems for our furry companions. Same thing applies for those guys at home, it can get real hot in the house without A/C (as anyone can attest to if their A/C has gone out on them in the summer).
Our Tampa veterinary team wants everyone to have a fun, safe summer so keep your pets cool and enjoy their company. If you have any questions for our veterinarians, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 813-289-3925 or at [email protected]