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Summer Weather Hazards for Pets: What Every Pet Owner Should Know

Jun 12 • 2 minute read


As temperatures rise during the summer months, it’s essential to be aware of the potential hazards that hot weather can pose to our furry friends. Both dogs and cats are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, and as a mobile primary care vet, we are here to guide you on how to keep your pets safe and healthy during the sweltering summer days.

Common Summer Hazards for Dogs and Cats

 1. Heatstroke

Heatstroke is one of the most serious risks during the summer. Dogs and cats can easily overheat, especially if left in hot environments like cars, or exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Brachycephalic breeds, such as bulldogs, Frenchies, and boxers, are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke due to their unique anatomical features.

Symptoms of Heatstroke:

- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing

- Drooling

- Weakness or lethargy

- Elevated heart rate

- Vomiting or diarrhea

- Collapse or seizures

Prevention Tips:

- Always provide fresh, cool water.

- Ensure your pet has access to shade or a cool indoor environment.

- Avoid walking dogs during peak heat hours; early morning or late evening walks are best.

- Never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

2. Paw Pad Burns

Hot pavement can cause severe burns to your pet’s paw pads. If the ground is too hot for you to touch, it’s too hot for your pet to walk on.

Prevention Tips:

- Test the pavement with your hand before walks.

- Walk your dog on grass whenever possible.

- Consider using pet booties to protect their paws.

- Stick to cooler times of the day for outdoor activities. 

3. Dehydration

Pets can become dehydrated quickly in hot weather. Signs of dehydration include dry gums, sunken eyes, and lethargy.

Prevention Tips:

- Ensure your pet has constant access to fresh water.

- Add ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cool.

- Offer wet food or frozen pet-safe treats for added hydration.

4. Sunburn

Pets, especially those with short or light-colored fur, can get sunburned. This can lead to painful skin conditions and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Prevention Tips:

- Use pet-safe sunscreen on exposed areas such as the nose and ears.

- Provide shaded areas for your pet to rest.

- Limit their exposure to direct sunlight during peak hours.

How Our Mobile Primary Care Vet Services Can Help

As a mobile primary care vet, we bring comprehensive veterinary care directly to your home, ensuring your pets receive the best care without the stress of travel.

Here’s how we can assist you during the summer:

- Routine Check-ups: Regular health checks to monitor your pet’s well-being and catch any early signs of heat-related issues.

- Hydration and Nutrition Advice: Personalized advice on keeping your pet hydrated and well-nourished during hot weather.

- Emergency Care: Treatment for heatstroke, dehydration, and other summer-related emergencies.

- Paw Care: Tips and treatments for paw pad care and protection.

- Preventative Care: Vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and advice on protecting your pet from summer pests.



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