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Summer Heat Update

May 30, 2018

We certainly got a taste of summer last weekend!

Our pets are more susceptible to overheating than we are, in part because of their fur coats and in part because they rely on evaporation from the tongue while panting to cool off, which isn’t as efficient as sweating over our whole body. This is particularly true in very humid weather. Some important safety tips for our pets:

  1. On hot days, exercise early in the morning or late evening. If the air temperature + percent humidity is over 150, consider skipping exercise altogether or at least severely reducing. Stop for a rest and water break in the shade when possible.
  2. When your pet is outdoors, be sure there is plenty of shade and fresh, clean water available.
  3. Be aware of the signs of heat stress and heat stroke (see linked post below).
  4. Some pets like to “sunbathe” and will not come inside voluntarily. Watch them carefully for signs of heat stress and make them come inside when necessary.
  5. Pavement can get very hot and burn paw pads! Use caution on hot, sunny days.
  6. Pets can overheat while swimming! Don’t ignore warning signs because your pet is swimming.


Did you know we have some classic posts with more information about keeping your pet safe in the heat and recognizing heat related problems? Give these a read:

Recognizing heat stress and heat stroke

Heat mitigation


Check these posts out, and as usual if you have any questions feel free to call and speak to one of our technicians or doctors!



-Karen Christopherson DVM

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