Local vets throughout Arizona are actively advising pet parents this time of year about summer safety tips. Our brutal temperatures during the summer months make our state more dangerous than ever for our furry friends. What might seem like a simple walk in warm temperatures can result in serious overheating for our four-legged friends.

During our hot summer months, it’s best to keep your pets indoors, going out for activity only when the sun isn’t high above. Because it’s not always realistic that your pet will stay indoors all day, there are some things that local vets will tell you to look out for if your pet is outdoors. If you are outside with your dog and you notice any of the following symptoms with your pet, take him to your local vets immediately:

  • Thick saliva
  • Heavy panting
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Lack of movement

It’s important to keep your pet active all year round. If you have a pool, swimming is a good activity that won’t overheat your dog. However, just like with children, always be present and watch your pet while they are in the water.

To prevent dangerous situations for your dog, we’ve provided a few recommendations below:

  • Walk your dog in the early morning and evening hours. While mid-summer temperatures might still be warm, the hot intensity of the sun won’t be out to make it worse.
  • No matter the time of day, always put your hand on the pavement before you bring our dog out. If you can’t hold it for at least five seconds, it is too hot for your pet’s pads. If the pavement is too hot your pet’s pads can get burned.
  • Always provide fresh, cool water for your dog. If your dog has to be outdoors for part of the day, make sure he has plenty of shade and lots of water.
  • Cool your pet off with a hose or a child’s play pool. This is a fun treat that will help their body temperature stay cool.

Contact our team at East Valley Animal Hospital if you have any concerns about summer care for your dog. The quicker your pet gets attention, the better chance of helping him. As your local vets office, we are here to help you keep your pet safe and healthy.