Caring for Outdoor Pets During Summer

People aren’t the only ones who enjoy fun in the sun during summer. Pets look forward to more playtimes in the yard or excursions in the park. Unfortunately, summer also poses greater risk of heat stroke, flea infestations, skin infections, and other health issues for your pet. These pet care tips from Copperfield Animal Clinic in Houston can be helpful in keeping your pet healthy and happy all summer long.


Schedule a Wellness Exam

Start summer off right by bringing your pet in for a wellness exam. We’ll check your pet from head to tail to ensure he’s in good health and test him for parasites and heartworm. We’ll also update his vaccines, if needed, to keep him safe from infectious disease.


Outdoor pets can get dehydrated easily, so make sure your pet has fresh, clean water within easy reach. He also needs shady areas to protect him from the sun to avoid heat stroke. In extreme heat, bring your pet indoors for a time to cool off.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can be deadly to pets. By becoming familiar with heat stroke symptoms, you can ensure your pet gets the help he needs if he develops this condition. Heat stroke symptoms include excessive panting and drooling, difficulty breathing, lethargy, increased heart rate, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and sudden collapse. If your pet shows signs of heat stroke, contact our Houston veterinarian immediately for urgent pet care.

By taking precautions, you can protect your pet from the dangers of heat stroke. Avoid exercising or playing outdoors with your pet during the hottest part of the day. Be careful of hot sidewalks when walking your dog.  Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle with windows rolled up, even for a short amount of time. Trim your pup’s fur to keep him cool, but never shave him completely as it puts him at risk of overheating and sunburn.

Toxic Ingestion

When getting together for holiday BBQs, be mindful of what foods you share with your pet. Some people food is toxic to pets. Alcoholic beverages should be kept well out of your pet’s reach along with raisins, grapes, chocolates, candy, avocados, garlic, and onions. For safety’s sake, it’s best to keep your pet away from people food altogether to protect his health.

See Our Houston Veterinarian for Quality Pet Care

Summer offers many opportunities to bond with your pet. By safeguarding your pet from the heat, you can enjoy this season to the fullest without worrying about him getting sick. If you do need veterinary care, Copperfield Animal Clinic is just a phone call away at 281-859-4430.

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