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Humans have a strong knee jerk reaction to discomfort, and that is to do whatever it takes to neutralize the source. Pets, on the other hand, don’t have the same luxury. While they do have certain biological adaptations that help them cope with stressors, such as panting to regulate internal body temperature, they aren’t totally equipped to reduce their risks in the heat. Preparing pets for summer months is an important task, and we’re here to help all pets stay safe. 

No Sweat

The summer can be an incredible season to make memories with your best friend. However, to truly enjoy everything that summer offers, preparation and planning is essential to safeguard pet health. 

Pets can easily become overheated. Whether it’s due to overexertion, inadequate hydration, or being left in a parked vehicle, the symptoms of heatstroke are very dangerous. Always be on the lookout for the following signs:

  • Excessive panting
  • Uncharacteristic drooling
  • Bright red or blue gums
  • Lethargy
  • Coordination issues
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure

What You Can Do

Ventilation, shade and lukewarm (never cold) compresses are critical to lower internal body temperature. If symptoms persist or get worse, please contact us right away. Emergency veterinary support, including IV fluid therapy, oxygen, and mild sedation, can help a pet recover from the symptoms of heatstroke. 

Pet Safety Strategies

Prevent heat stroke in these easy ways:

  • Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle
  • Limit their exposure to the heat by exercising in the early morning or evening hours 
  • Keep the water bowls full of clean, cool water
  • Maintain a cool temperature inside the home
  • Invest in a kiddie pool, misters or fun sprinklers for your pet to play in
  • Make homemade frozen treats

Preventive Care for Summer Months

In addition to the heat, there are other summertime risks to overall pet wellness. We encourage all pet owners to bring their pet in for a routine wellness exam so we can address and support the following facets of preventive health:

Modesto Veterinary Services

Our caring, compassionate team at Veterinary Medical Associates are always here to support your pet’s health, wellness and safety. Please call us at (209) 527‑5855 with any questions or concerns.