The sunshine is great, especially on the west coast, but we have seen an increase in heat-related illnesses in our patients.  If your pet has one of these risk factors, you should take extra caution for him/her on these hot days:

Senior/geriatric pets

Respiratory disease or flat-faced breeds  

Heart Problems

Obesity/large breeds

Thick coat or skin problems

Hormonal diseases- Addisons, Cushings, Thyroid

  Avoid travel or exercise mid-day, never leave your pet in a parked car, have plenty of water (even when travelling), seek shade, use a sponge bath or water spray bottle especially on head/paws/ears, have a wading pool/go swimming, and use fans. 

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