Summer temperatures in Scottsdale can be dangerous for people and pets alike. If you think your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion, get him or her to the vet immediately for care, as being overheated can be life threatening. You can help your pet stay safe no matter how high the temperatures sore with these tips.
Provide Plenty of Water
Just like people, pets can become severely dehydrated quickly in the heat. Your pet may drink more water than normal in the summer, so make sure that you keep a fresh, cool supply available. If you are going to have your pet outside for an extended period of time in high temperatures, bring a portable bowl and water with you, so you can offer some to your pet on the go. If your pet is resistant to drinking water from portable bowls or from the water fountains designed for pets that are in some cities, consider skipping the outdoor activities to avoid dehydration.
Don’t Leave Pets in Your Car
Leaving pets in hot cars is one of the leading causes of accidental pet deaths in the summer. There is no amount of safe time to leave your pet in the car. Don’t assume that leaving your window down or car running will protect your pet—both of these things are dangerous and ineffective. Not only can leaving your pet in your car put him or her at risk, but it is also illegal in many places, so just don’t do it.
Supervise Pets by Pools or Bodies of Water
Some animals like to jump in a cool pool or lake on a hot day, but he or she should never do so without supervision. Not every animal is a good swimmer, and some will panic in the water. You should also ensure your pet doesn’t drink pool, lake, or ocean water.
If you’re concerned about your pet’s heat exposure, visit Horizon Animal Hospital. To make an appointment at our veterinary clinic in Scottsdale, call (480) 800-4559.