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Your pet will love the warmer weather as much as you, but it's a time when they have the greatest risk of injury and heat-related health problems.  Here are some summer care tips from my Veterinarian: 

Watch for signs of heatstroke.  If you see rapid panting, hot skin, twitching muscles, and a dazed look quickly wrap your pet in a towel soaked with cool, not cold, water.  In severe cases, place them in a bathtub.  Heatstroke can be fatal, so take your dog to the Vet as soon as possible if you suspect this problem.  

Never leave your pet in a parked car.  Not even if you crack the windows or park in the shade.  On a 70-degree day, the car temperature can rise above 150 degrees in minutes.  It's extremely dangerous to do this and it's the number one cause of heatstroke. 

Keep your pets vaccinations up-to-date.  This is the time when most pets come in contact with other animals, at parks, and campgrounds. 

Always provide plenty of fresh water.  Dogs can only sweat through the pads of their feet and by panting.  Evaporation from the wet surfaces of their mouth and nose helps lower body temperature. 

Stop external parasites before they bite.  Fleas, ticks, and ear mites thrive in warm, humid environments.  See your Vet for a preventative program.  Also, avoid internal parasites.
Be sure your dog has been heartworm tested and is on a preventative medication.  Remember prevention is much easier than cure and it's more humane to your pet.  

posted on: 8/7/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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