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Pets Need Special Care In The Heat Of The Summer

By Carl Oliver

Utah summer months are here again. The summertime brings outdoor activities such as swimming, spending hours at the park, and hiking out in the sun. Hot weather months prompt caring pet owners to prepare their pets for the next few months of long, hot days.

Most pet owners may feel like hot weather pet care is an issue of common sense. But it is easy to forget that our pets have different needs in the heat of summer than we do. Here is a list of things you can do to help support a healthy and happy summer for your pet:

- Do not leave your pet in a locked car for any period of time. In minutes your car reaches dangerous temperatures. Animals DO NOT sweat the same way that humans do to regulate their temperature.

- Heat stroke is common in dogs in the summer. Watch out for signs of heatstroke such as heavy salivation, unexplained hyper excitement and excessive panting. If your dog shows signs of heat stroke, seek immediate veterinary attention.

- Provide adequate cool water and a shady spot that is easy to access for your pet.

- Preventative medications can prevent serious health conditions caused by flea or heartworms. Be sure to visit your veterinarian for heartworm and flea medications.

- Matted fur can cause skin infections. Make it a point to keep your pet well groomed.

- Your pet might develop an allergic reaction during the summer months. If your pet has round, red spots that look like they have puss, you’ll want to visit your vet.

The heat and warmth of summer can be enjoyable for your pet if you have made sure to be aware of their special needs. With shade, water and tender loving care, your pet can enjoy the summer months with you. If you have any specific questions about summer care for your pet, please feel free to consult your local veterinarian or email an expert at the Humane Society of Utah. Have a great summer!

Learn more about Summertime Pet Care. Stop by the Humane Society of Utah site where you can find out all about Hot Weather Pet Care Tips for you and your pet.

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Oliver, Carl "Pets Need Special Care In The Heat Of The Summer." Pets Need Special Care In The Heat Of The Summer. 3 Jul. 2010. 16 Sep 2014 <>.

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