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Summertime Safety for Fido

Are you enjoying the warm weather? We are! Summertime is a great time to get outdoors and have some fun in the sun. Our canine buddies also enjoy summer, but the heat can be very dangerous for Fido. Below, a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses some of the dangers hot weather brings for dogs, and tells you how to keep your furry friend safe.

Swimming

Swimming may cool Fido off, but it won’t necessarily prevent him from overheating in hot weather, especially if he’s running around a lot. If you plan to bring your pet to the pool or beach, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep him safe. Always keep a close eye on Fido at the pool or shore, and never bring him on a boat without a lifejacket. If you’re going to a pool, it’s also very important to make sure your dog knows where the exit is!

Heat Exhaustion

The dog days of summer are no joke here in Texas! During the day, keep your pup indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or AC, as much as possible. Try to walk Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. When Fido does go outside, watch him carefully for signs of heat exhaustion. Panting, lethargy, and trembling are a few common ones. If you think your pooch is too hot, immediately give him water, take him to a cool area, and call your vet for instructions.

Water

Make sure your canine buddy always has plenty of fresh water. On hot days, go ahead and drop an ice cube into your dog’s bowl to cool the water off.

Paw Care

Dogs can easily burn their paws by walking on scorching-hot sidewalks. Keep your furry friend on soft ground as much as possible when the temperature rises.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can all make your beloved pooch very sick. Be sure to keep up with Fido’s parasite control!

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can be very scary for our canine pals! If Fido is scared of thunderstorms, bring him indoors when the skies darken, and put him in his crate or a quiet back room. It may also help to turn a TV or radio on for him.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help in any way we can!

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