Tips to keep your pets safe in the summer heat

Summer can be a great time for our furry friends. But, it’s important to keep in mind that animals can also be affected by the heat, just like humans.

Dr. Debbie Mandell, an emergency room physician at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medecine has seen a lot of injuries to dogs and cats because their owners did not realize that animals can’t tolerate very high temperatures.

“The temperature inside a parked car can reach a temperature of 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, and cracking that window is not going to prevent that. Heat stroke can happen very, very quickly, Mandell said.

It’s also important to keep in mind that summer is bug season. So, make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies and the parvo virus, which affects the intestinal track.

“We do see heart worm positive dogs, so you want to get them tested, and you need flea and tick preventative care, because we do see lyme disease,” Mandell said.

Animals can get sunburn, especially if their hair is trimmed for the summer. Ask your vet about special animal sunscreen. And if you live in an apartment, make sure the screens over your windows are secure.

“We do see a lot of cats that either push through the screens or jump out the windows,” Mandell said.

Follow these recommendations, and you’ll have a happy pet.

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