It’s summer in North Carolina-and we all know that means lots of hot, humid days. We see all over social media warnings about the hot weather and leaving pets in the cars. But what are some other things you need to be worried about with warmer temperatures?
**Make sure your pet is adapted to the weather before asking them to be active in warm weather. If you are taking your dog walking/running/hiking try to schedule these activities early in the morning or later at night when it is cooler. But keep in mind there are going to be days your dog should not be able to exercise with you.
**If you are exercising your pet in hot weather give them plenty of breaks to drink water, cool off, rest, and maybe even take a dunk in a wading pool! Watch them closely and make certain they are handling the heat. Watch for excessive panting, breathing heavier, becoming lethargic, trembling, etc.
**Keep in mind older pets cannot often handle extreme weather well! Keep older cats and dogs inside in the air conditioning.
** On the same token, dogs and cats with breathing issues do not handle hot weather well. Dogs with laryngeal paralysis, dogs and cats with asthma, and allergies, or other respiratory diseases can really struggle when the temps are high. So use extreme caution!
** Watch for hot pavement and surfaces! Even decks can get really hot this time of year.
**It’s a great time of year for your dog to go swimming, but remain safety first! There are great floatation vests for dogs to help keep them safe. And make certain your dog is comfortable in water.
** And of course, don’t leave your pets in the car unattended-cars get hot quickly and we don’t want your pets to get heat stroke!
Enjoy the warm weather!
Boo Donoho, DVM