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Posted on 06-15-2018

Pet Tips for the Prevention of Heat Issues in Your Furry Friends

Spring is here in the greater Salt Lake City area, and your local veterinarian has some pet tips for keeping your companion animal happy and healthy in the warm months ahead. We all love getting our pets outdoors and enjoying the beautiful landscapes that surround Salt Lake City, but it is important to always remember that our pets can be more sensitive to hot temperatures than their human companions. Take a look at these tips for keeping your four-legged friend safe in the heat.

Do Not Ignore these Signs of Heat Stress

If your pet starts to pant excessively, becomes lethargic, or begins to heave, get them into a cool area as soon as possible! These are signs of heat stress that cannot be ignored. Heat sensitivity can lead to more serious problems if it is not addressed right away. Follow the tips below to keep your pet safe in the sun!

Helpful Tips for Preventing Heat Stress and Injury in Pets

Our veterinarian staff recommends the following tips to keep your pet safe on hot days:

  • Keep your pet well-hydrated when you are spending a lot of time with them outdoors; they can become overheated a lot more quickly than humans!
  • Whenever possible, avoid being outside for extended periods of time during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Try to find a shady area and help your pet avoid direct sunlight.
  • Take a lot of breaks! Whether hiking or playing fetch or just running around, avoid overexertion.
  • If your pet begins vomiting or becomes lethargic, seek medical help!

Contact Our Local Veterinarian Today

Cottonwood Animal Hospital is here to answer any questions that you may have about heat stress, and we can treat your pet if they become ill or injured due to excessive heat. Call us today at (801) 278-0505 to learn more; our hospital is conveniently located at 6360 South Highland Drive in SLC.

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