Warmer weather is here to stay in the Lowcountry! I know we’re all excited to get outside and enjoy these warm, sunny days, but we also need to be mindful of the potential hazards the heat can pose for our pets. Here’s a quick overview of how we can keep our dogs and cats cool, happy and healthy during our Beaufort summer.
For our outside pets:
- Make sure your pets have access to shade and water at all times
- Bring senior, sick pets, (and certain short-nosed breeds, i.e. bulldogs) inside as they may not be as heat tolerant as younger, healthy dogs
- Watch out for hot asphalt, pavement, and beach sand because it can burn your dogs paws. Ouch! Just try standing on hot pavement barefoot for 1 minute, YOU CAN’T DO IT, so neither can your dogs.
- Exercise your dogs in the early morning or late evening to avoid the warmest part of the day
- Kid swimming pools are a great way to help keep your pets cool during the summer.
Please never leave your pets in a car without air conditioning for any period of time.
Look how hot the inside of your car can get in just 10 minutes!
Signs of Heat Stroke to look out for in dogs:
* Elevated body temperature
* Excessive panting/salivating
* Weakness in the limbs/collapse
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, please have them seen by a veterinarian ASAP because heat stroke can be life threatening if not treated quickly.
Hope you enjoy these sunny days safely with your pets! Our AMC veterinarians and hospital teams are here to help if you have any questions to concerns about the health of your pets.
-Dr. Caroline Wreden