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Keeping Your Pet Safe in Hot Weather

As you prepare to lay out in the sun and throw backyard barbecues this summer, don’t forget about the safety of your pet! Follow these guidelines from a Fort Bend veterinary professional to keep your pet safe during hot weather.

Plenty of Water

Plenty of cool, fresh water is the number-one rule for keeping your pets safe and happy during hot summer weather. If your pet is spending time outdoors, provide a dish of cool water at all times, checking on it occasionally in case it needs refilled. Even if your pet stays indoors, make sure water is constantly available.

Plenty of Shade

Shade is another great way to keep pets cool when it’s hot out. Make sure there’s a shady spot in your yard for your cat or dog to cool off under. If there isn’t, make one with a sheet or awning.

Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t only for humans—dogs and cats can wear it too! But don’t put your human sunscreen on your pet, as it isn’t formulated for their skin. Ask your veterinarian about a pet-safe sunscreen to put on your animal’s skin.

Avoid Asphalt

With the sun beating down on it, black asphalt can heat up to blistering temperatures in the summer. If you’re walking your dog, don’t let him linger on hot asphalt for more than a few seconds. If possible, avoid blacktop entirely and stay on sidewalks or in the grass.

Stay Out of the Car

Even on milder summer days in the 70s and 80s, temperatures inside a parked car can leap to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. Never leave your pet inside a parked car while you’re indoors. Deadly heatstroke can only take a few minutes to set in. Either bring your pet inside with you or leave him at home.

Your Fort Bend veterinarian can give you more summertime tips to keep your pet healthy and happy in the hot weather.

 

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