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Posted on 07-12-2013

Tips from Berkeley Veterinarians to Keep Pets Cool in Summer

keep pets cool in BerkeleyThat summer weather that you are enjoying can be difficult for your pet. When temperatures outside are 85 degrees, the inside of a car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes. Dogs left inside can become uncomfortable, and are at risk of heat stroke. To prevent heat stroke and discomfort during hot summer weather, follow these University Veterinary Hospital tips.

Keeping Berkeley Pets Comfortable

Walk dogs in the morning and evening, when temperatures are cooler. Keep your home cool using fans or air conditioners. Pet owners can even entertain your pet during hot weather with by setting up a kiddie pool in their backyard or by using a sprinkler to mist pets.

Even if you normally take your pet in the car on errands, leave them home when temperatures rise. They will be safer and more comfortable in a climate-controlled home. Additionally, too much time walking on hot pavement or hot terrain, such as sandy beaches can lead to an appointment with our Berkeley veterinarians for burnt paw pads or sunburn.

Since hot summer weather poses a wildfire risk in the Berkeley hills, we at University Veterinary Hospital, advise developing a disaster preparedness that includes your pet and keeping pets' ID tags up to date.

University Veterinary Hospital Tips for Recognizing Signs of Danger

Pets can become dehydrated in the summertime, so offer extra water, especially if dogs are panting. If your pet is experiencing vomiting, bloody diarrhea, rapid panting, a staggering gait or hot nose and ears, they could be experiencing heat stroke. Move your pet to the shade and apply cool water to his belly, armpits and groin using a hose or a cool towel. Seek follow-up care from our veterinarians, even if you think your pet has cooled down. Never cool down a pet that is experiencing heat stroke with cold water or an icepack, as this can worsen symptoms. If you have multiple pets, they may experience hot weather differently. Take each of your pets' needs into account.

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