As the temperature warms up in Lake Forest, CA – we tend to get outside more with our pets! What’s better than that? Of course, being outside more means there are things we want to be thinking about when it comes to your pet’s safety. First, let’s chat about the obvious – HOT CARS!

At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. It’s important to not leave your pets in the car under any circumstance. It’s not just heat in cars you want to worry about – heat, in general, can become a problem.

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
  • Seizures
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees
  • Unresponsiveness

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.

Let’s also remember the importance of keeping your pet in an enclosed area when they’re outside. Distractions are everywhere, and some are more dangerous than others. 

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

Take steps to prevent your pup from escaping. 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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.