Summer tips for pets  

With summer just around the corner, by following these safety tips, your pets will stay healthy and enjoy the months of fun and sun with your family.

· Never leave your pet in the car

· Keep plenty of fresh water available

· Pets need sunscreen too

· Make sure your pet doesn't overexert herself

· Take it easy on pets that can't deal with the heat – bring them inside

· Keep an eye out for heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you must act quickly and calmly. Have someone call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, lower the animal's body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Often the pet will respond after only a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. It is imperative to get the animal to a veterinarian immediately. Once your pet is in the veterinarian's care, treatment may include further cooling techniques, intravenous fluid therapy to counter shock, or medication to prevent or reverse brain damage.

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Panting
  • Staring
  • Anxious expression
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • Warm, dry skin
  • High fever
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting
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Housing for your pet  

As a member of the family, your pet needs a warm, quiet place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor. You may wish to buy a dog bed, or make one using a box or wooden crate that is appropriate to size.  A training crate is ideal. Place a clean blanket or pillow inside the box and make sure you wash the dog’s bed often.

If your dog will be spending time outdoors, be sure she has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather.

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