Pet Care

Ok, it is getting hot (here in PHX that is most of the time, lol) and I found this info in a book for summer fun safety guide for your fur babies. I am sure you already know most of this info but I thought I would send it out any case there is some new info. A lot of it does not deal with here in PHX but is good if your take your babies on a trip.
Higher temperatures may translate into more time spent outdoors, but for pet owners, they can also mean more visits to the vet. “in the summer, we see more skin and ear infections and an increase of injuries overall” says Sandra Sawchuk, DVM, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Here’s how to protect your pet during warmer months.
*skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most common in cats. Even though fur provides some protection from the sun, you should also apply pet sunblock every 3 to 4 hours to the least hair-covered spots: bellies on dogs (especially the ones who like to lie on their backs) and ears and around the eyes on cats, which are also where malignant tumors are likely to show up. (No need to apply sunscreen directly on fur). Use products especially made for pets – ingredients such as zinc oxide can be toxic to dogs.
*while it may seem logical to cut your pets coat short, resist the urge. “if hair – even long hair- is brushed and not matted it provides better circulation and helps them to regulate their body temperature.” Says Rene Carlson, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
*if your does get burned, apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera twice daily to soothe the irritated area 9check the brand with your vet first for safety).
*don’t walk your dog during the day’s highest heat and humidity, which is usually between 1 and 4 PM. This is especially important for dogs with short snouts, such as bulldogs, who can’t pant as efficiently in humid weather due to their narrowed nostrils and windpipes.
*never leave them in the car. Even if windows are cracked, the interior temp can raise by 19 degrees in as little as 7 minutes, on a hot day this can be deadly.
*if your dog shows signs of heat stress – heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea or wobbly legs – don’t place them in ice cold water, which could put them into shock. Instead move them to a cool place, drape a damp towel over their body, rewetting the towel frequently, and get them to the vet a.s.a.p. A dogs normal temperature is between 100 and 103 so once it hits 104, they are in the danger territory (106 or higher is fatal).
*turn on the AC in your home, especially if you will be out of the house for several hours. If it’s too warm for you, it’s too warm for your pet.
*have your dog wear a life vest bright in color in any body of water, to help them stay afloat and to ensure they can be seen by swimmers and boaters. Let them get used to wearing it in your yard first.
*beware of currents and riptides in oceans – if dogs get in trouble in one of these , weather swimming or caught in a wave while fetching a ball, they can be swept out to sea in a minute.
*keep an especially watchful eye in lakes: if your dig steps in a sinkhole, which may cause them to panic, you need to help them to swim they can touch ground again. Avoid lakes and ponds with blue-green algae, signified by scummy water and foul odor. Algae can produce a toxin that may cause severe sickness or seizures quickly if your pet ingests the water, either by drinking from the lake or licking tainted fur.
*near rivers, beware of currents, even if they are not redily visable, your dog can be easily carried downstream.
*never leave your dog unsupervised near an uncovered pool
*teach them how to get out of the pool by using the stairs with them 5 or 10 times in a row. This will help them to learn where the stairs are, whether they are swimming or accidently falls in and needs to climb out. In the deep end consider putting a pool ramp to reduce the risk of any drowning.
*Fight potential swimmers ear with drops of a canine ear-drying solution
*send parasites packing – hookworms and heartworms are more prevalent during the summer and can gain access through your pet through the pads on their feet. As your vet for a prescription to Heartguard Plus or Intereceptor Flavor Tabs which will help keep parasites at bay.
*opt for pet friendly insect repellents – it is a botanical blend of plant and essential oils repels fleas, ticks, flies, and mosquitoes. Check with your vet first to find safe repellents for your pet.

​It gets very hot in Maricopa County in the summer months. Take care of your pets.  
• NEVER leave your pet in a parked car.  An animal’s body temperature can rise in just seconds, causing heat-related problems or even death.  Normal body temperature for dogs and cats is between 101 and 103 degrees F.  
• Overheating (heat prostration) can kill an animal.  Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle; even with the windows open, your vehicle can quickly become a furnace.  Parking in shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.  When traveling, carry a gallon container filled with fresh, cold water.  Give your pet frequent drinks.  If the animal begins to pant, give him water immediately.  
• Walk your pet on cooler surfaces to protect his feet from burning.  If the pavement is too hot for you to hold your hand on for more than a few seconds, it’s much too hot for your pet’s paws.  
• Don’t force your pet to exercise after a meal in hot weather.  Always exercise him in the cool of the early morning or evening.  
• Keep walks to a minimum.  The animal is much closer to the hot pavement and its body can heat up  very quickly.  
• Always provide plenty of adequate shade for an animal that is staying outside of the house for any length of time.  A dog house, canopy or porch would be appropriate. 

​Please be sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather.  Dogs with heart or lung disease or snub-nosed breeds such as Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, and Shih Zus should be kept indoors in air-conditioning as much as possible.  These animals have a difficult time regulating their body temperature.  
• Keep a current license and identification tag on your dog or cat and consider microchipping as a means of permanent identification.  
• Be alert for coolant (anti-freeze) leaking from your vehicle.  Animals are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant and drinking just a small amount can cause death.  Consider using an animal-friendly product that contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.  
• A clean coat can help to prevent summer skin problems, so keep your dog or cat well groomed.  Consult with your groomer or veterinarian to determine whether your pet would be more comfortable with a shorter haircut for the summer.  If he has a heavy coat, shaving your dog’s hair to a one-inch length will help prevent overheating.  Don’t shave a dog’s hair down to the skin; this robs him of protection from the sun.  A cat should be brushed frequently to keep his coat tangle-free.  It is also wise to keep your cat(s) strictly indoors. 

​Take your companion animal to the veterinarian in the spring or early summer for a checkup, including a test for heartworm.  Have the doctor recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program.  
• Provide fresh water every day in a spill-proof container.  
Signs Of Overheating:  
If your pet exhibits one or more of the following symptoms, give him water right away.  
 Open mouth panting.  May see tongue hanging down.  
 Face may have strained appearance.  
 Animal may feel warm to the touch.  
Signs of Heat Stroke:  
If your pet shows one of the following signs of heat distress, cool him down slowly with a cool, wet rag or towel.  Do not submerge him in water.  Get the animal to a veterinarian immediately!  

Don’t make your dog travel unsecured in an open pick-up bed.  
 Dogs can’t “hold on” like people. 
 Sudden stops or starts can toss dogs out of a truck bed.  
 Tied down dogs can jump out and hang themselves. 
 Pickup beds become very hot and can burn the dog’s feet. 
 Dog can quickly dehydrate in hot weather. 
 Wind at high speeds can irritate eyes and ears. 
 Flying debris can injure.  
What To Do!  
 Put the dog in the cab. 
 If you absolutely must transport your dog in the truck bed, place the animal inside a carrier secured to the walls of the truck. 
 Leave the dog at home.