There’s Nothing Cooler Than Summer Pet Safety in Chandler, AZ

Familiar with the phrase “too much of a good thing”? You probably know it all too well, but there’s something to be said for it. Just as we can’t stay in the sun too long or sit out in the sweltering heat all day, neither can our pets! You might be thinking, “No kidding,” but you’d be surprised how many pets succumb to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other conditions during the summer. Your pet’s safety is always our foremost concern here at our animal hospital in Chandler, and we’re happy to provide you with summer pet safety information. If you have any questions, give us a call at (480) 339-0406.

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Summer Pet Safety Hazards

We’re not trying to scare you, and as you’re probably aware, summer brings with it many risks not just to your health, but your pet’s. These include:

  • Temperatures over 75 degreesSummer Pet Safety in Chandler, AZ
  • High humidity
  • Any enclosed spaces without air conditioning
  • Hot asphalt
  • Unattended swimming pools
  • Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites
  • Rabid wildlife
  • Poisonous plants
  • Fertilizers and toxic foods (grapes, chocolate, onions, nuts, sugar-free gum)
  • Standing puddles of water
  • Hot beach sand, sharp objects (rocks, metal, plastic) under the sand

Pet Safety Tips

  • When in doubt, keep your pet inside with air conditioning and plenty of water
  • Always keep water with you when taking your dog on walks
  • Keep outdoor activities to a minimum on days hotter than 75 degrees
  • Make sure your pet is current with their flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
  • If your pet needs to be outside, make sure they always have fresh cold water and plenty of shade
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations and flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives
  • NEVER leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle, even with the windows open
  • If you’re going to the beach or another public place, keep your dog on a sturdy leash
  • Do not walk your dog on hot asphalt; this can raise their body temperature and it burns their paws
  • Keep toxic foods and other substances out of their reach
  • Keep them away from standing puddles of water

Parasite Protection is a Big Deal

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites love warm weather as much as they love your pet! To keep them from snacking on your best friend, make sure your pet is up to date on all of their flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. Also be sure to have them tested at least once a year for heartworm disease, intestinal worms, and tick-borne diseases.

Knowing the Signs of Heat Stroke

Pets are susceptible to heat stroke thanks to their fur coats and inability to sweat as we do. To ensure their safety, watch out for the following signs:

  • Labored panting
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Pale/bright red gums
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lethargy
  • Collapse
  • Trouble urinating
  • Appearing disoriented
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bright red tongue

Should you recognize any of these symptoms in your pet during our business hours, please call us right away at (480) 339-0406. Heat stroke can be fatal if left unchecked, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If your pet needs medical attention after our office hours, go to our emergency vet page to contact our emergency referral hospital.