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Summer Safety for Pets

 Summer Safety for Pets

Parts of Canada that endure extreme heat during the summer months need to take measures to protect our pets. Extreme heat can be dangerous to dogs and cats, just as it is with people. It's most people's favourite season to be outside, which means a lot of playtime with pets, but there are some things that need to be taken into consideration.

Cats and dogs need access to water at all times during the summer, and they also need to take shelter from the heat, so it's best to keep their exercise times to mornings and evenings when it's a little cooler, more humid, and the sun isn't bearing down quite so hard.

Heat stroke is a concern with pets, and while there are commercial cooling items like bandanas, shirts and kennel mats to help keep your dog cool during hot weather, certain breeds of pets – especially short-nosed dogs and cats like pugs, Boston terriers and Persians – are more susceptible to heat stroke.

To identify heat stroke, watch for your pet becoming anxious, panting with a bright red tongue, drooling, and unsteadiness which will eventually result in the pet being unable to stand or respond. Animals left inside vehicles are also at risk.

If you're worried about your pet's condition in hot weather, it's always best to contact your veterinary hospital or emergency clinic.

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