The Florida heat can be unbearable for humans, but just imagine how the St. Petersburg humidity can affect your beloved furry friend. It is vital that you prepare to handle the summer season with your best friend’s health in mind, so here are some pointers from professionals at a dog hospital to get you started.

Stay Hydrated

Just as it is so important for humans to make sure they are staying hydrated in the heat and sunshine, it is necessary for your pets as well. Dogs sweat through panting, and if they are trapped in an environment where they can’t pant enough to maintain a safe internal body temperature, they may overheat. If you want to take Fido to St. Pete Beach, make sure that you have recently visited a dog hospital or your vet to have their respiratory system checked, especially if they are a short-nosed breed.

Keep an eye on your pup’s water bowl, and try adding some ice cubes to encourage more drinking.

Play in the Shade

The sunshine is tempting, and everyone loves playing outside in the park in the summertime, but instead of taking your fluffy pal to Walter Fuller Park at midday, try going once the sun begins to set, or at least try to stay in a highly-shaded area of the park. Be on the lookout for signs of overheating, including:

  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness or collapsing
  • Vomiting or seizures
  • Glazed eyes

If you notice any of these signs, take your beloved pet to a dog hospital as soon as possible.

Check Up at Your Local Dog Hospital

When the summer season rolls in, it is best to be prepared. If your furry friend has not had their annual checkup, take them to the local dog hospital before pursuing any intense activities like hiking or long days at the beach. The vet will check their respiratory system, their skin and coat (to look for any signs of sunburn damage or susceptibility to irritants like poison ivy), and more. They will also be able to give you advice. Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center wants you to remember:

  • Never leave your pet in the car, even if it’s a ‘quick stop’ in St. Petersburg.
  • Think before you trim— dogs’ fur protects them from sunburn and can act as a coolant.
  • Provide cool spaces such as kitchen floor tiles or fans in dark rooms for your pet to stay in.

When it comes to your pet, you are responsible for their health and well-being. Never take risks with their health, and it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are unsure about how your pup is doing or have any concerns about their condition, do not hesitate. Tampa Bay K9 and Central Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg are here to make sure your best friend is in their best health! Contact TBK9 through the online contact form or give us a call at 727-521-3518.