SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sarasota
veterinarians warn pet owners every summer to take proactive steps to
keep their pets cool, and avoid heat illnesses, such as heat stroke.
The Bee Ridge veterinary clinic remarks that while they see several
cases of snake bites, and accidental foreign object ingestion, most of
the cases they seem to constantly see each summer involve pets
suffering from heat stroke. Sarasota veterinarians say there are simple
steps to follow to help keep your pet from overheating this summer.
The veterinary clinic encourages pet owners to monitor their pet’s
water consumption. Ronni Tudin, who leads the Bee Ridge veterinary
Clinic staff along with Dr. Robin Sego, explains, “Keeping track of
your pet’s water can be a very strong preventive measure against
heatstroke, and is a vital part of proper summer pet care.” Water that
is cool and fresh will allow your pet to maintain proper hydration
levels and is one way to help them deal with the hot summer weather.
The Veterinarians also warn that pet owners be cautious about the
temperature of the water. If your dog or cat has a metal water bowl,
make sure to keep it out of the direct sunlight, since the metal can
easily heat the water up. Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic recommends adding
small amounts of ice cubes to the water periodically to allow for
gradual and constant water cooling.
Sarasota veterinarians at Bee Ridge recommend that pets should stay
inside the cool house with these scorching summer temperatures. If for
some reason the pet must be outdoors the clinic says it is imperative
that there be a shelter that offers the pet shade, and be placed out of
the direct sunlight, if possible. While the temperature will still be
very high during the summer heat, being out of direct sunlight can do a
great deal to prevent heat stroke. When walking your pet, go during the
early morning or late afternoon, when the weather has cooled down a
bit. Sarasota pet owners are reminded to never leave their pet in their
car in the summer heat, no matter how long they are gone for.
Pet owners are advised to seek immediate veterinary medical attention
if they believe their pets are suffering from heat stroke. Signs of
heat stroke include excessive panting, stupor, possible seizures, dark
red tongue and gums, uncoordinated, and rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Dr. Tudin says, “Pet owners can try to cool down pets by placing cool,
damp towels on their body and paw pads.” Although, Dr. Tudin warns pet
owners to never try to cool their pets down with cold water or ice
packs as this can worsen symptoms.
The Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic is located in Sarasota, Florida. The
veterinary staff services include basic and advanced pet care, and the
clinic features an on-site pharmacy. For more information on heat
stroke and other heat related illnesses please visit the clinic’s
website at http://beeridgevet.com/.
CONTACT: Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic