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Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard

Beat the Heat: Summer Pet Safety

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Florida's scorching summers can be tough on everyone, including our furry friends. With temperatures often soaring above 90°F and high humidity levels, it's crucial to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our pets. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to keep your pets safe and comfortable during the hot summer months in Florida:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Always provide access to fresh, clean water. Keep multiple water bowls in shaded areas both indoors and outdoors. Consider adding ice cubes to your pet's water bowl to help them stay cool. If you're taking your pet for a walk or outdoor activity, carry water and a portable bowl to keep them hydrated.

Limit time Outdoors

Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 AM and 4 PM. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. Hot pavement can burn your pet's paw pads. Test the ground with your hand – if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet.

Provide Shelter from the Sun

Ensure your pet has access to shady spots in your yard. Consider setting up a canopy or umbrella to create shade. If your pet spends time outdoors, provide a well-ventilated shelter such as a doghouse or a covered porch where they can retreat from the sun.

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke

Heatstroke can be life-threatening for pets. Watch for symptoms such as excessive panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, weakness, vomiting, or collapse. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area immediately and offer water. Then, seek veterinary assistance promptly.

Grooming & Sun Protection

Keep your pet's fur coat trimmed and well-groomed, but never shave it too short as it provides insulation from the heat and sunburn. Light-colored or white pets are more susceptible to sunburn, especially on their ears and noses. Consider applying pet-safe sunscreen to these areas.

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