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Summertime tips from your Veterinarian in Berea.   Summer officially begins on June 21st and with it comes more outdoor activities and hazards for your pet.  Your Berea veterinarian will see numerous pets this season because of the added stressors of temperature changes, sun exposure, holiday food consumption and other festive activities.  Here are a few things to consider, to ensure your pet’s safety.

Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia occurs when your pet’s core temperature is elevated.  Pets lose body heat primarily through their respiratory system.  They don’t tend to sweat so it is important that you keep them cool.  Body temperature only has to raise a few degrees for hyperthermia to start.  Signs that your pet has been exposed to extreme temperatures include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, organ failure, blood clotting issues, seizures, coma, heat stroke and death.

Keep Your Pet Well Groomed

Your pet will be better off this summer with a short haircut.  This will allow air to circulate at the skin’s surface and allow heat to transfer out of the body.

Light colored or thin coated pets and pink skinned pets can also get sun burned.  There are a few sunscreen formulas safe for pets.  You may also want to confine them to the shade or keep them indoors.

Exercising Your Pet

It is best to help your pet avoid the hottest parts of the day.  Early morning or late in the evening is the best time for walks and exercise.  Be sure and check with your veterinarian in Berea if your pet is overweight or out of shape before you begin an exercise program.  Underlying conditions can put your pet at risk.

When you are outside, give your pet plenty to drink and allow them to rest often.  Keeping them well hydrated is very important in the summer months.

Avoiding BBQ Binges

Your pet will likely be around during BBQ parties and picnics.  Having extra food out is a huge temptation to your pet.  There are many foods your pet simply shouldn’t have because they are harmful to pets like raisins and chocolate.  Other foods are harmful in large quantities. 

You will notice signs your pet has over-eaten, if they vomit, have diarrhea, decreased appetite, and lethargy.  They may be suffering form pancreatitis, liver or kidney damage, electrolyte imbalances, anemia or other ailments.  You can avoid this by keeping food out of reach. 

Grills are also a hazard for pets.  Your Berea Veterinarian will also treat 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns because grills are often too low or unstable.

Fireworks and Thunder

Many pets are terrified of thunder and fireworks.  Keeping your pet in a quiet location away from the noise is a good idea.  You can often drown out the noise with the television or music.  If they exhibit destructive behaviors, you may want to keep them in a crate.  For extreme cases of anxiety, try exercising your pet and getting them tired before you crate them.  In some cases your veterinarian in Berea will prescribe medication to help calm your pet.  Over the counter medication might also work.  It is important to ask your veterinarian before you give any medication to your pet as each pet is different.

Visiting Your Veterinarian in Berea

Young pets, geriatric pets and sick pets are especially susceptible to summer hazards.  If you suspect your pet has an ailment please contact Advanced Animal Care as soon as possible.  Often a pet will hide their symptoms so be on the look out.  Have a great summer and keep your pet’s health on your mind at all times.