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Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Heat

Published on July 11th, 2018

Imagine how quickly you overheat on a warm summer day. Now imagine enduring those temperatures as an animal! With temperatures climbing consistently into the 80s and 90s in the Chicagoland area, now is an important time to make sure that your pet is healthy and safe. Here are some hot-weather safety tips from our vet in Chicago.

Lots of Water

Always make sure that your pet has access to fresh, cold water at all times, but especially when the weather is hot. If your pet enjoys time outside, make sure that they have a shady place to call their own. If temperatures are dangerously high, it is best to keep your pet inside other than when they use the bathroom.

Know the Signs of Overheating

If your dog is panting excessively or is having a hard time breathing, this is a sign that they are overheating. Increased heart rates and respiratory rates are another sign, as well as weakness, drooling or even collapsing. Extreme signs of overheating include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting; if this is the case, make sure to visit our vet in Chicago as soon as you can.

Don’t Shave Your Pet

Although you may feel like you are doing your pet a favor by shaving his or her hair, their coat layers protect them from both overheating and sunburn. Feel free to trim hair that is longer or brush your pet to get rid of excess hair that is not serving a purpose.

Your pet is relying on you to stay safe and healthy! It’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with our vet in Chicago to make sure your pet is in good condition. Contact us today to get started!

Source: ASPCA

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