Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool

By June 14, 2013Uncategorized

Safety Warnings from Our Greenbrae Veterinarians

Pets, like humans need to be kept cool in warm weather. They run the risk of overheating, getting dehydrated and developing heat stroke if they are not properly hydrated and cooled. Redwood Pet Clinic in Greenbrae and our Redwood veterinarian reminds pet owners of the importance of keeping animals cool which can prevent pet emergencies. Some signs of overheating or heat stroke include: heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, profuse saliva and lack of coordination.

Here are some tips for keeping your pet cool in the summer:

Always make sure your pet has access to fresh, cool water. Giving your pet a refreshing “cool down” in a cool bath without soap is a good way to keep them cool. You can use a garden hose or a very wet towel to wet down your dog or cat.

Another idea is us purchase a small children’s pool for pets who love the water. Sprinklers can also be used for a quick “cool down” in hot weather.

Another tip is to make sure that shade is available if your pet is going to be outside on hot summer days. Shade is important for pets to lessen their sun exposure and reducing the chance of them getting overheated.

Grooming is also a big part of making sure your pet is cool enough in the heat. There are different grooming techniques that are required for different breeds so make sure that you are giving your pet the proper trim. Many people give their animals a lion cut, or get their bellies shaved to help keep them cool in the Greenbrae heat.

Our Greenbrae veterinarians are trained to provide veterinary care for all kinds of pets. They can treat heat stroke or other emergencies associated with summer. While the best remedy to keep your pet cool if your pet does experience adverse effects from the summer heat you can bring them to Redwood Pet Clinic for innovative veterinary care.