Serious summer heat is coming and many animals—especially
those outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as
effectively as we do. Here are some tips for keeping your fur-covered friend
safe when the weather is warm:
- Never leave your pet in the car
on a sunny or warm, overcast summer day. Even with a
window cracked on a 70o day, the
interior of your car can reach 100o in as
little as 20 minutes.
- Hot asphalt will
scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on
the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
- Do not shave or
trim your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system,
as it protects the skin from the sun.
- Always provide
shade and plenty of cool, fresh water
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling, which can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, start immediate cooling with lukewarm (not cold) wet towels and call us at 503-850-6280 as soon as possible.
If you feed your pet a grain-free diet, home-cooked meals or
food with exotic and atypical ingredients, you may want to reconsider. Veterinary
cardiologists, nutritionists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are
currently investigating a possible link between those types of diets and the
development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM can result in abnormal
heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and even sudden death.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease — carried by many wild and domestic animals — that can cause kidney and liver failure. Even urban chickens, although not a carrier of this disease, can attract rats or other small mammals that may increase the risk of your pet’s exposure to leptospirosis.
If you or a loved one has ever suffered from a coronary event like a stroke or heart attack, studies have shown that pet-ownership can decrease the chance of a fatal re-occurrence as much as fourfold! In another 20 year study, cat ownership was associated with a decrease in death resulting from all cardiovascular diseases! These are just 2 more examples how pets in our lives improves our health and happiness!!
Did you know that if you suffer from high cholesterol, your pet can help you out alongside a proper diet and exercise? In studies with as many as 5,700 participants, pet owners had significantly lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides compared to those who were not pet owners. A study with the elderly also demonstrated that pet owners had lower levels of triglycerides compared to those who did not own pets. These are further examples of how our pets not only make us feel good but make us healthier, too!