Another hot summer here in Los Gatos, California and we want to make sure that your pets are staying hydrated and healthy while the heat is up. These are some simple tips you can do to keep your pets cool:

1. Stay Hydrated!

As a general rule, dogs needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. Be sure to monitor your dog’s liquid intake throughout the day and keep it fresh. Unsure if your dog is dehydrated? Gently lift the skin on the back of your dog’s neck or between the shoulder blades-unless and let go, it should immediately revert back to normal position.

2. Think about ground heat.

Think it’s hot outside? Imagine the heat under your dog’s bare feet as they walk! Try to avoid the hottest times of the day, usually between 1-4PM.

3. Never, ever leave your dog in the car.

We know this is a given but sometimes we need a reminder. Even with cracked windows, the temperature inside the car can rise as much as 19 degrees in just seven minutes! Things can get deadly very quickly.

4. Look for signs of heat exhaustion.

On a warm or humid day, heat exhaustion can set on quickly, especially for dogs with short muzzles like Pugs, Boston Terriers, and French Bulldogs. Watch for heavy panting, an inability to walk, or thick drool as signs of dehydration. Limit walks in direct heat and always be sure to bring water with you.

5. Summer is parasite season, be prepared!

Heartworms and hookworms are more prevalent during the summer, make sure your pet is on the right medication to keep them safe. These parasites can also infect a dog through the pads of their feet, it’s best to be ready before something happens.

Have any other questions? We’re here to help! Contact our team today for all of your veterinary needs!