Although summer is coming to a close, we’re not out of the woods just yet when it comes to warm temperatures affecting our pets. Even the seemingly-cooler days of early fall can put your pet at risk for overexertion, dehydration, and heat stroke, if you’re not careful.
Keep your pet safe by keeping these tips in mind through the end of the season:
Limit the amount of time you spend outside, especially during the hottest parts of the day
Let your pet take breaks away from the heat by providing access to your air-conditioned house, a well-ventilated outdoor shelter, or clean water to play in (a kiddie pool, sprinkler, etc.)
Provide easy access to plenty of fresh drinking water, day and night, indoors and out. A good rule of thumb is one bowl of water, plus one more, per-pet.
Don’t forget to bring water (and a bowl) along when you go on walks or trips away from home
Make sure your pet has access to a cool shady spot in the yard so that he or she can get out of the hot sun when needed
Take your daily walks during the early morning hours or later in the evening
Stay off of hot asphalt during your walks to prevent your pet’s paws from getting burned.
Likewise, be mindful of hot truck beds and other surfaces that absorb heat, such as packed gravel and dirt.
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— Diane & Terry Svob
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“We are so grateful for the hard work and extra research Dr. Yetter did for our Tansy-cat to find out why she wasn’t eating. If there is a time when your most precious friend is ill and you need to trust someone to care for them, Dr. Yetter is definitely that person! He went above and beyond to do everything he could to save our beautiful Tansy.”
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“I began to bring in my labs into PRVC when I started working there, and was happy to have such a caring and knowledgeable doctor to take care of two of my best friends. It always amazes me just how much care goes into each and every animal, let alone the perseverance of Dr. Yetter and staff (I should call them family) in working out how to treat each and every problem.”