Important Hot Weather Safety Tips for your pets

Summer is almost here and every year we see a few pets that are having symptoms of overheating  or heatstroke.


Signs of overheating in pets:

  • Excessive panting

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Increased heart and respiratory rate

  • Drooling

  • Mild Weakness

  • Collapse

Flat faced pets ( pugs, persians, ect.)  are more susceptible to heat stroke because they can not pant as effectively. These pets; plus pets that are overweight, have heart or lung diseases or elderly should be kept cool and indoors as much as possible.


Don’t leave your pet in a parked car.

If you see a pet in a parked car do the following:

  • Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.
  • If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.
  • If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

Interesting facts about car temperatures :

  • When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
  • When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
  • Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.


Strawberry Banana Popsicle Dog Treat Recipe

Strawberry Banana Popsicle

Want to make your dog a homemade Popsicle to cool them down?  Check out this recipe?


May 18-24th is National Dog Bite Prevention Week


Take this opportunity to learn more about dog bite prevention and help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites.


Last week’s question was :

How does your pet get tapeworms?


And the winner is Beth Tyson  who answered : by ingesting infected fleas


And this week’s question is : Why are flat faced pets  more susceptible to heatstroke or overheating?

Please leave a comment to this blog with your answer or send us the answer via e mail to by noon on Friday  to be eligible to win the weekly prize.

** Please note , you can win more than once and you can win consecutive weeks , so keep on answering the questions! You DO NOT  have to be a client of Rockdale Animal Hospital to enter or win.

One Comment

  • Tammy Trail says:

    Flat faced pets are more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively.

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