The May flowers are blooming in Oxford, NC and summer is nearly here, which means it’s time to be outside enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. As temperatures increase and your pet spends more time outside, it’s good to be aware of potentially dangerous situations for pets. Here are some common summertime emergencies that we want you to be aware of.
As your pet’s play outside, make sure they are in an enclosed area or on a leash. Running free and roaming the streets may feel like an adventure, but it puts them at great risk of being lost, getting into a fight, or getting hit by a car. The blunt trauma of getting hit by a car can cause a number of injuries, including:
- Abrasions and loss of skin
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Head trauma
- Internal injuries and blood loss
How to prepare: Ensure the gates of your yard are securely closed to keep your dog safely confined, and keep your pet inside during outdoor gatherings when guests will be coming and going. When taking part in outdoor activities, like camping or hiking, keep your dog on a leash.
With few sweat glands, dogs and cats are unable to adequately cool themselves when left in the heat, and their body temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels. A pet suffering from heat stroke requires immediate veterinary attention, so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of an overheated pet:
- Excessive panting
- Sticky or dry tongue or gums
- Stumbling while trying to walk
- Body temperature over 103 degrees
How to prepare: To prevent heat stroke, never leave your pet inside your car, and don’t leave her outdoors unsupervised for more than 10 minutes on a hot day. While outside, ensure she has a shady area to escape the direct sunlight, and always provide fresh, cool water.
If you have an emergency during business hours, please be sure to call us immediately at 919-693-6911. We also partner with three emergency clinics in the area, which can be found on our emergency page. We’re here if you have any questions at all about protecting your pet.