Summer is here and with it, the warmer temperatures! Kingston has seen warm temperatures lately and we want to make sure you have these useful tips handy on how to keep your pets safe during the season!

Protect delicate skin. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in dogs and cats. Long fur will provide some protection from the sun, but the belly and nose of the dog, as well as the ears and around the eyes of a cat can be at risk for dangerous sun exposure. You can apply sunblock to these areas every 3-4 hours but make sure to avoid sunblock ingredients like zinc oxide, as they can be toxic to pets! Ask your veterinarian, veterinary clinic/animal hospital, or local pet store, for advice on the best products to keep your pets safe!

Exercise safely. Don’t walk or run your dog during the day’s highest heat and humidity hours (usually 1- 4 pm). This is especially important for dogs with short noses, (like Bulldogs and Pugs). These types of breed have more difficulty breathing properly, especially during hot temperatures.

Keep it cool indoors. If possible, turn on the air conditioning in your home, especially on very hot days. If you feel too warm, you can bet your pet is feeling the same way!

Never leave your pet in the car! Interior temperatures in a car can rise dangerously in as little as 7 minutes on a hot day. Your dog does not have the same cooling mechanism as you do, and they can die, or get very ill, even if left in a hot car, even for a short time, and even if you leave the car windows open slightly.

Look for signs of heat stroke in your pet. If your dog shows signs of heat stroke—heavy panting, excessive drooling, bright red gums, vomiting, diarrhea or weakness, move him/her to a cool place. You can place a damp towel over his/her body and get him/her to the vet as soon as possible! Heat stroke can be deadly and needs to be addressed and treated promptly!

Finally, keep your pets well-hydrated!

If you have any questions, please call us at 613-634-7123.