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Posted on 07-02-2018

The Great Outdoors - Tips for Your Pets’ Summer Vacation from our Tempe Veterinarian

woman running with her dog during summer

Summer is here! Increased temperatures and other aspects of the hotter months mean additional concerns for pet owners, such as how to safely navigate the outdoors, how to deal with the anxiety your pet may be feeling from the sound of thunderstorms and fireworks and more. Here are some tips from our Tempe veterinarians here at McClintock Animal Care Center on keeping your pets happy and healthy this summer.

Be Mindful of the Heat

Did you know that the summer temperatures of sidewalks and asphalt can cause severe burns to pets’ feet? According to this recent article from Phoenix’s Channel 12 News, sidewalks and asphalt can reach temperatures over 160 degrees! How hot does the ground have to be to cause burns? Sensitive paws can burn in just 60 seconds when exposed to surfaces of just 140 degrees. Limit walks to early morning or after the sun has set, to minimize painful injuries to your pet’s feet, or purchase shoes specifically made for dogs to protect their paws from the scorching temperatures of the city’s sidewalks and parking lots. Provide plenty of cool, fresh water for your pet as well, when the temperatures climb!

Escaping the valley for more northerly locales is tempting in the summer – the hiking and camping in these areas is made even more fun with your furry best friend in tow! The above hot weather tips still apply in the slightly cooler temperatures of northern Arizona and beyond. One should be especially cautious with pets in more rural areas, as veterinary care is often in short supply.

Keep Your Pets Comfortable

Thunderstorms and celebratory fireworks can be very anxiety-inducing for pets! A combination of a Thundershirt and a pheromone spray (We like Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs) can go a long way in making your pet feel less nervous. You may also put your pet in a room with a radio or TV playing, to diminish some of the disturbing noise.

Learn More Tips from McClintock Animal Care Center in Tempe, AZ

Stay tuned for our next blog which will focus on even more summertime pet tips: What to do about fleas, ticks, rattlesnakes, and mosquitoes, and important vaccinations for a fun and safe summer lifestyle!

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