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Hot Temperatures Kill Pets

dogs heat albuquerqueWe had a nice break from the heat last week with a couple days of rain. I know all the plant, people, and pets are happy about the precipitation. However, our break from the heat is short lived. This week will be in the high 90’s and may even hit 100 by the end of the week. This means you need to take extra precautions to help keep your pets cool.

Pet Heat Safety Tips

  1. Bring your pet in for their annual checkup. A lot of older pets struggle in the heat. When you get your checkup you should ask your vet about how long your pet can safely stay outside and if they have any medical conditions that may make them more sensitive to the heat.
  2. LOTS OF WATER! Make sure you pets have a lot of fresh clean water available to them. Without sufficient water they are at risk of dehydration and heat stroke. Giving them cool clean water will help them stay cool in the heat. Make sure to put the water in the shade, otherwise the sun will heat it up. Even if you dog is only going to be out for a few minutes, it is a good idea to set water outside.
  3. Shade: If you have to leave your pet outside, give them some place shady to go to escape the heat. Thankfully, in New Mexico, you can feel a real temperature drop in the shade, so having a shady place to go can be a real heat escape.
  4. Fans: If your dog has a dog house, consider installing a fan. Even though it is shady inside the dog house, because it is enclosed, that inside can get awfully hot. Putting a fan in the corner can help circulate the air and cool it down a bit.
  5. Keep them inside: You should only leave your pets outside when you are home. That way if they get too hot they can let you know they want back inside. During the heat of the day, it is best to leave them inside where they can stay cool.
  6. Haircut: If you have a longer hair dog or cat, consider getting them a haircut. A nice trim can make them a lot cooler, temperature wise. Even if you dog is short hair consider shaving their heat trapping areas. Groomers know the spots to shave to help your pets cool down faster, ask your groomer what can help keep your pet cool. Also keep in mind, that shaving targeted areas can be better than shaving your whole pet. A pets hair also acts as a heat shield.
  7. Stay away from asphalt. Asphalt and cement get super hot when left to bake in the sun. Not only can it heat up your dog, but it can also burn the pads of his feet.

If you are worried that your dog has heatstroke, call your vet immediately and get them out of the sun.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.