Spring has a tendency to feel just like summer in the Rio Grande Valley. This means a blazing sun, scorching hot temperatures, and the need to stay cool throughout the day. This is especially true for our pups, who rely on our help to keep them comfortable, cool, and safe. At Valley Animal Hospital, we know your pets mean the world for you, which is why we want to help you keep the as healthy as possible in the hot months and throughout the year.
Limit Exercise to the Cool Hours
Exercise is a must for our furry friends, but perhaps a midday run in the heat is not the best idea. Hot pavement is hot enough for us, even through our shoes! Now imagine the damage it can potentially do to your pup’s paws. Limit the runs and walks to the morning and evening hours. We additionally suggest you don’t push your dog too hard, especially if it’s a breed with a shorter snout.
If your pup is an outside dog, you must make sure they have plenty of protection from the scorching sun at all times. We’re talking big trees, patios, doghouses and anything that can provide a nice cool spot. If you’re going to be gone for more than just a few hours, we highly recommend you keep your dog inside. Even with shade, extended periods of time out in the sun can cause your dog to overheat.
Water is a Must
Nice, cold drink during a hot spring day? Yes please! Always make sure your pup has plenty of water in his bowl and add a bit of ice so it’ll be as cool as can be. If the temperatures are way too high, fill up a kiddie pool with a bit of water and let your furry friends have a blast! If you have a pool, or if you’ll be spending the day at the beach, make sure your pup knows how to swim and he never leaves your watchful eye.
Heatstroke is a very real danger in the life of our best friend, which is why it’s so important you know exactly how to spot the danger signs. If your pup is panting heavily, consuming excessive water and looks disoriented, it may be time to take action.
Move him inside to a cool area, put ice packs on his head, neck and chest, or cool him off by running water on him in the bathtub. If your dog shows signs of physical pain, seizures or anything else you may deem as serious, a visit to your closest animal hospital is strongly advised.
Valley Animal Hospital is Here to Help
At Valley Animal Hospital we know your pets are family and you’ll do everything in your power to keep them safe and healthy. This is why we’ve taken the pledge to help your furry friends stay in top shape at all times. Whether your dog is feeling sickly or your horse has a bit of an ache, Valley Animal Hospital can help. Get in touch with us for more information today.