Check out these simple tips to help get your pets safely through the dog days of summer.
- Provide plenty of water and shade - Make sure your pet always has access to clean, fresh water, and a shady spot outside to take a break from the sun. We recommend keeping a pop-up water bowl and umbrella handy to make sure your furry friend doesn't get dehydrated or overheated during trips to the park.
- Limit outdoor activity during peak hours - Imagine walking on the hot pavement with no shoes and a fur coat - that's what it's like for your pet! Go for your walks early in the morning or later in the evening, and try to avoid asphalt when the temperature is very high.
- Don't take off their coats - You may be tempted to shave your cat or dog in hopes that it will help cool them down in the summer. But the layers of your pet's coat can actually help to protect them from overheating and sunburn! Stick to trimming long hair and brushing your pet to help remove loose fur.
- Never leave your pet in a parked car - Cabin temperatures can increase by as much as 10 degrees in just 5 minutes during the summer months. Parking in the shade or leaving the air conditioning on won't always protect your pet from a dangerous situation. Unless you're headed to a pet-friendly store, it's better to just leave Fido at home.
We're always here if you have questions about your pet's health or our veterinary services, no matter what the season. Call us at (516) 379-5010 at any time.
Have a cool summer!