Summer is nearly here, here are some hot weather tips for your pets

The temperature is quickly rising and there are some things you need to consider with your pets. Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe and cool during this summer season.

1. Make sure you are seeing your veterinarian annually and are up to date on all vaccines, heartworm tests and on a heartworm prevention.

2. Make sure to have fresh clean water available at all times especially when outdoors and shade for your pets if they are outside. Try to keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

3. The streets and sidewalks you walk on in the afternoon can reach such high temperatures that they can burn your dogs paw pads. Imagine yourself walking on the ground barefoot during those hot hours.You can purchase dog booties to protect his feet on the hot asphalt at places like REI.

4. Never leave your dog in a parked car unattended. The temperature can get up to 150 degrees F.  (**It’s illegal here in Arizona!)

5. Most dogs love to swim, but don’t let your dog swim unattended an accident can happen and not all dogs are good swimmers.

6. Give your dog a haircut to cool off quicker in the summer months. Be sure not to shave them to the skin because they can then get sunburned.

7. Know the warning signs of heat stroke. Some symptoms include: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. If your animal seems to be in heat stroke contact your local veterinarian or emergency veterinarian right away.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you recreate with your beloved pets, stay safe and cool this summer!

If you have more questions about your pets and the summer heat or any other dog training issues contact Ruff House for more information. You can reach us here at or call us at 520-820-7252.