Summer Travel with your Pet

We want our four-legged friends to enjoy family fun right along with us, but there are some precautions that need to be taken to keep your pets safe when the mercury climbs.

Everyone knows this, but it bears repeating—never leave your pet in a hot car, even if you think it will only be for a few minutes.  Your car acts like a greenhouse, absorbing and trapping the sun’s heat. Temperatures inside a car can reach dangerous levels within a few, short minutes, and leaving windows cracked makes very little difference.

If you like jogging, running, biking, or hiking with your pet, remember that you can dress in cooler clothes to feel cooler, but your pet cannot. A cooling vest like the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler can help you pet stay cool. Plan your exercise times early in the morning or in the cooler evening hours so your pet can join you and still be comfortable.

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Vest

Here is some very helpful information from www.vetmedicine.about.com regarding heat stroke in your dog.

Signs of heat stroke may include (but are not limited to) body temperatures of 104-110F degrees, excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, coma, death.

Short-nosed breeds, large heavy-coated breeds, older dogs, and those dogs with heart or respiratory problems are more at risk for heat stroke.

If you suspect heat stroke in your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately! Use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet. (Very cold water will cause constriction of the blood vessels and impede cooling.) Do not aid cooling below 103 F degrees – some animals can actually get HYPOthermic, too cold. Offer ice cubes for the animal to lick on until you can reach your veterinarian.

Hot weather is also the time when your pet’s worst pests are most likely to be a problem. Be sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks with a product like Frontline Plus for dogs and cats.

Having fresh water available for your pet at all times, especially during outdoor activities is essential. If you are going for a long hike on a hot day, let your dog carry his own water supply with the SingleTrak back pack from Ruffwear.

SingleTrak Back Pack

An elevated bed for your pet is a great idea during hot weather. It keeps your bed up off the ground, away from insects, and is much cooler for your pet than laying on hot concrete. The PuppyWalk Ultra Breezy bed even has a sunshade on top! The Cool Breeze bed features a water-filled insert that keeps your pet extra cool.

Ultra Breezy Bed

When you are planning to be away from home for a while, find a good vet close to where you will be staying and keep their name and number handy. Then you won’t have to scramble to find a vet in case of an emergency.

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