Keep Your Furry Friends Cool This Summer

If you have ever spent a summer here in Nashville, you know how hot and humid it can be, and you can imagine how miserable dogs and cats must be feeling. The heat and humidity can become close to unbearable for our furry friends. Not only are cats and dogs uncomfortable, but they are also at a high risk for heat-related health issues. Since your pets need you to help them stay cool, 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share with you some dos and don’ts about protecting them from the summer heat!

DOGS

DO…

  • Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh cool water at all times.
  • Keep at least one room in your home cool and well-ventilated.
  • Apply pet sunscreen to dogs with light-colored noses and ears.
    According to The Guardian, your dog can get sunburned and even develop skin cancer if he is overexposed to the sun.

DON’T…

  • Ever leave your dog in a closed vehicle, even for a few minutes.
    Temperatures inside a car can soar quickly on a warm and sunny day.
  • Make your dog stay outside without access to shade and to water.
    You should also refrain from walking your dog in the middle of the day during the summer.
  • Ignore the signs of a heat stroke.
    These include excessive salivation, bright red tongue, lethargy, vomiting, and loss of consciousness.

CATS

DO…

  • Close the curtains and shut the blinds to keep your home cool.
  • Let your cat choose his own cool place to lie down.
    Popular spots for cats in the summer include tile floors and in front of a fan.
  • Check your cat’s paws for excessive moisture.
    If your cat is leaving behind wet paw prints, he is sweating more than he should be and needs to replenish his fluids.

DON’T…

  • Be alarmed if your cat is grooming more than usual.
    This is a way for cats to cool themselves down naturally.
  • Allow your cat to go outside between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM as this is the hottest part of the day.
  • Worry about your cat panting.
    Even though cats do not pant as much as dogs, they will use these breathing technique to cool off the air they take in if they are too hot.

Always keep an eye open for signs of heat stroke from your pets. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital if you think your pet is overheated!

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