Summertime is my favorite time of year. There are so many things going on, people are on vacation, the weather is warm and it is time to do a lot of outdoor activities. For us, cooling off means hopping in the pool, having an ice cold beverage, or just plain sweating. Unfortunately, dogs and cats don’t have the same ability to cool themselves off as we do so it is up to their human friends to make sure that they do not get overheated. At our animal clinic in Tampa, our veterinarians see many case of heat stroke during this time of year and would like to share a few tips to help keep your pet cool and safe for the summer. As with people, some pets are easier to get overheated due to breed variation so extra precautions are necessary (ex. pugs, bulldogs, boston terriers)
- picking the right time of day for outdoor activity is critical. As our daytime temperatures rise, so do humidity levels. These also effect how hard it is to cool ourselves. Choosing times that are early in the morning and later in the evening will benefit your pets.
- Never leave your pet in a car without air conditioning.
- having access to water at all times. Extremely important.
- limiting strenuous activity during our hotter days.
- trying to limit time in the sun. Besides the heat, pets can get some of the same skin cancers as humans.
- recognize the symptoms of heat stress in your pet. If you think your pet has heat stroke, begin cooling your pet and contact your veterinarian immediately for treatment.
In order to have a fun, safe summer, keep your pets cool and safe. If you have any questions about this, or any other topic, you can contact our veterinary hospital in Tampa at 813-289-3925.