Warm Weather Safety Tips from Upstate Veterinary Specialties Emergency/Critical Care Specialist Dr. Danielle Berube

2014_07_25-dogs-in-hot-cars_infographicUVS Criticalist Dr. Danielle Berube shares summertime advice for your pets:

During the warmer summer months, many of us will be enjoying outdoor activities with our furry friends. Although spending time outside with our furry family members can be a lot of fun, there are many summer hazards that are important to be aware of.

Heat: Warm weather can be very dangerous to our pets due to their heavy coats and their inability to sweat.

    • Most importantly NEVER leave your pet in the car, even with the windows open, as temperatures can reach greater than 100 degrees in just a few minutes.
    • Decrease the risk of heat stroke by keeping your pets cool (well ventilated areas out of direct sun), supplying plenty of clean drinking water and scheduling walks during cooler times of the day (early in the morning or in the evening).
    • If your dog is showing signs of heat stress/stroke (lethargy, excessive panting, collapse or vomiting) wet him/her down with cool water and immediately have him/her evaluated by a veterinarian. Heat stress/stroke can cause many serious conditions including organ failure and death.

Stay tuned for Dr. Berube’s future blogs about summertime pet safety.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet, Upstate Veterinary Specialties Emergency Service at (518) 783-3198.