Seasonal Pet Safety Tips

There are potential dangers and changes that our pets encounter during the summer. The team at Martin Veterinary Hospital wants to help educate our clients about the greatest dangers they may come across. After all, the number one goal of our animal hospital in Etobicoke is to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Please review these health tips about pet safety and comfort. If you need more information, please contact us right away and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Hydration

Just like people, it is very important to stay hydrated in the hot weather.  Making sure there is enough fluids in the body will actually help keep it cooler and will replace the fluids lost in perspiration.  So don’t forget to take extra water for your pet when you head out for some hot summer activity.

 

Cars

It does not take long for the temperature to rise inside a car on a warm day.  A car can go from 25C to 71C while in the sun.  Temperatures of 47C can be reached inside the car even while sitting in the shade.  A dog’s normal temperature is about 39C.  An internal temperature of 41C can only be withstood for a very short period of time before irreparable damage or death can occur. Contrary to popular belief, rolling down the windows does not help.   On really warm days, it may be better to leave one’s pets in the safety of one’s home.

 

Grooming

There are many dogs who don’t have to worry about being out side in the winter because their coats are nice and thick.  Their think coats will help keep their body temperatures warm in the cold winter weather. But it is these double coated dogs that we have to worry about in the heat.  In the summer these coats with lots of undercoat will retain the heat, making the dogs warmer.  It is important to have the undercoats thinned out over the summer.  While a groomer can do a good job of brushing out the extra undercoat, one can do this at home with a good brush and comb.   Resist the urge to shave down your pet.  A dog’s coat provides built- in climate control, as well as a first line of defense against sunburn and twigs.