Summer has arrived in Smyrna, GA, and with it, the soaring temperatures. Our veterinary team would like to remind pet owners of the importance of keeping our furry friends safe and cool during the hot weather. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be dangerous for pets and recognizing the signs and taking preventative measures can save your pet’s life. In this blog post, we’ll discuss important tips to help keep your pets safe during the hot Georgia summers.

Recognizing signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

First and foremost, it’s important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms may include excessive panting, lethargy, reluctance to move, increased heart rate, bright red tongue, and gums, and vomiting and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heatstroke, it is essential to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

The Importance of Hydration

Dehydration can quickly set in during the hot weather, leading to dangerous conditions such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Providing clean, fresh, cool water is critical to maintaining your pet’s health in the summer heat. Make sure your pet has access to fresh water at all times, and consider adding a few ice cubes to the bowl to keep the water cool for longer. (If your dog is overheated, do NOT give them water with ice in it, but instead, provide water at room temperature. Most importantly, call your veterinarian immediately.)

Do Not Leave Pets in Cars

Never leave your pet inside a parked car, even with the windows cracked open. Temperatures inside a car can rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes. Leaving your pet inside a car can quickly lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke, which can be fatal.

Being Mindful of Hot Pavement and Walking in Humid Conditions

Hot pavement can quickly burn your pet’s paw pads, leading to painful blisters and difficulty walking. Be sure to walk your pet on grass, if possible, or during cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening. Additionally, walking your pet in high humidity can make it difficult for them to breathe, so keep in mind the weather when planning outdoor time with your pet.

Summer Booms Spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

If your pet is fearful of loud noises, summer thunderstorms and fireworks can be particularly frightening. Consider investing in a compression garment specially made for pets or other calming products to help keep your pet feeling safe and secure during storms and fireworks displays. Our team is here and ready to help you choose the best product for your pet.

Smyrna Summers are Meant to Be Enjoyed, by You AND Your Pets

As pet owners, keeping our pet friends safe and healthy is our most important job. By recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, keeping your pet well-hydrated, never leaving your pet inside a parked car, keeping an eye out for hot pavement and humid conditions, and being aware of the impact of summer thunderstorms and fireworks’ noise, you can help your pets stay safe during hot weather. Remember, if you suspect your pet may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heatstroke, seek veterinary care immediately. Stay cool and enjoy the summer with your furry friends! At VETERINARYCARE At Belmont™, our team is here to provide exceptional veterinary care for your pet, any time of the year. Give us a call at: (678) 581-4055.

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