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Keep your Pet Safe During the Summer Heat

05/11/2011 by: Sydney Long, Public Relations Coordinator

It is never too early to prepare yourself and your pets for the summer heat. With near record setting temperatures expected in the coming days, you'll want to make sure you take the necessary precautions in protecting your pets. Heatstroke can be fatal to an animal if a close eye is not kept on them. Here are some ways to keep your critters cool when the temperature starts to climb.

*NEVER leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked, it will only take a matter of minutes before the interior of a car can go from 80 degrees to 120 degrees.

*Limit excercise to early morning and early evening hours. Remember that hot concrete can burn your pet's paws. Dogs can get sunburned. When you're applying sunscreen yourself and your children, don't forget to put some on your dog too.

*Always make sure that there is plenty of fresh, cool water available.

*Make sure that there is a cool, shady place that your pet can go to and get relief from the heat. A dog house might get your pet out of the sun but it does not protect them from the heat.

*Recognize the signs of heatstroke. If your pet begins panting heavily, has glazed eyes, appears lethargic, has a rapid heartbeat, is extremely thirsty, or is unconscious, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Another important thing to do this summer is keep your pets on Heartworm and Flea/Tick Prevention. With all of the rain and high waters that we have been experiencing in the Tri-State, it is looking to be a mosquito filled summer.

High or standing water is an excellent breeding ground for these pesky little bugs. It only takes one mosquito bite for a dog to become infested with heartworms. Left untreated, heartworms can be deadly. Prevention is simple and you can get it at your vet's office or right here at the VHS Vaccine Clinic.

Our Vaccine Clinic offers vaccines and preventative care every Saturday from 8am-12pm. A heartworm test is required prior to receiving the preventative.

Keep your pets safe, healthy and happy this summer!


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