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Posted on 08-21-2018

Don't Let your Pet Overheat This Summer: Heat Stroke Prevention With Our Greensboro Vets

Did you know that your pet can have a heat stroke much like a human? Many people do not realize the risks their pets face during the summer months. Not to worry though, knowledge is power when it comes to preventing heat-related problems with your pet. At West Market Veterinary Hospital in Greensboro, NC, we want you and your pet to have a safe and fun summer. Here are some pet tips to keep your furry friends safe this summer. 

dog and owner sitting on top of a hill

Pet Tips to Prevent Heat Stroke This Summer 

  • Watch your pet's cues. If you notice your pet acting unusual with signs such as extra panting, lying down, and listlessness, you should allow your pet to rest and rehydrate in a shady area to see if it helps. 
  • You may choose to jog or train, but your pet also wants to be with you while you work out. So, if you take your pet out, choose evening or morning training to avoid peak heat hours. 
  • Never leave your pet alone in your vehicle. It does not take long for a car to reach extreme temperatures, even in spring and fall, and you never know if your errand will take longer than you expect. Just don't do it, period. 
  • Overheating can occur faster than you may think, and hot concrete causes many veterinarian visits each year due to blisters and overheating just from walking on it. As a rule of thumb, if you could not walk on it without shoes, don't expect your pet to. 
  • A pet should have fresh water and a shady spot to get out of the sun at all times. Check your yard during the peak heat hours. Do the shady areas disappear? If so your pet is at risk for overheating. Some strategic bushes, a dog house, or access inside can solve the problem. 

Call West Market Veterinary Hospital Today to Schedule A Summer Veterinary Appointment 

Contact us at West Market Veterinary Hospital if you have any concerns about your pet overheating, or to schedule an appointment at 336-292-4753. We proudly serve the pets of Greensboro, NC and the surrounding areas. 

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