Summer Pet Care
During the summer months any pet is susceptible to heat stress. This can be
avoided by providing adequate ventilation or air conditioning when pet is
confined, kenneled or penned. Keep fresh water in a clean bowl available to your pet.
When your pet is outdoors be sure to provide proper shade,
and never leave your pet in a parked vehicle.
Signs of heat stress are profuse panting, salivation, staring or anxious expression,
warm dry skin, high fever, rapid heart rate, fatigue or muscle fatigue or collapsing.
If your do suspect your pet to be suffering from heat stress contact your
veterinarian immediately. Try to reduce the temperature by spraying or bathing your pet in cool water.
your pet behind- Boarding or a pet sitter
Ask your veterinarian who they recommend as either a boarding facility or
a pet sitter.
If boarding, visit the facility before hand; if getting someone new be sure to
meet with them before vacationing.
Be sure to make any reservation in advance. Most boarding facilities and professional pet
sitter are booked well ahead of time.
Most kennels have vaccinations that they require for them to board your pet. Find out what they are and
how long they need to have them before they can be boarded. Be sure to allow plenty of time to make an appointment
with your vet if needed.
Be sure to leave any special instructions, food or medication your pet may need.
Most importantly be sure to leave a number where you can be reached and the number of your
veterinarian in case of emergency.
Taking your pet with you.
If you are considering taking you pet with you call ahead to be sure your pet will be
welcome where you will be staying.
Be sure your pet has all required vaccines and health records needed.
Take a supply of your pets regular food,
fresh water, toys and (if space) bedding.
Make sure your pet is wearing identification tags including your phone number, and the phone number of a
relative or friend that would have the number of where you would be.
Keep your pet confined
to a carrier or kennel or leashed at all times.
Be sure to keep your pet confined while traveling. NEVER let your pet ride with his/her head the window or in the back of a truck.