Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 51

our advice: ASK DR. CATE Vet Rap by Dr. Ryan Cate How To Vacation With Your Pup Secrets To Enjoying the ‘Dog’ Days of Summer lead to overheating. If your dog is exhibiting any of the signs of heat stroke, cool their temperature slowly without causing over- cooling and the possibility of hypothermia. Get the animal into the shade and place wet towels over the back of its neck, in the armpits and in the groin region. Also, wet the earflaps with water and then rotate the towels frequently with cool ones. The water will heat up and lose its effectiveness. If possible, position a fan to blow cool air on the dog. If possible, take a rectal temperature of your pet. The goal should be to reduce the body temperature to 102.5 to 103 degrees while taking it to the closest animal hospital and call your vet as soon as you can. The animal may need intravenous fluids and the stroke may be causing problems that you can’t even see, such as kidney failure or blood clotting issues. Here are some tips to help you plan for a great trip with your family and your furry friend. •Always have a non-metal water bowl and fresh water for your pet •Never leave your animal locked inside your car. Temperatures can soar up to 160 degrees in the sun. •If you are exercising with your pet go in the mornings or early evenings when it’s cooler. And work up to exercise. If it’s not good for you to be sedentary and then go for a five-mile run, it’s not good for your dog either •Dogs can get sunburned, especially those with light colored skin. There are pet sunscreens available on the market •Keep your animal’s weight within the healthy range •If you can, take a kiddie pool with you so your dog can relax in the water in the hot afternoons •Don’t assume your dog can swim. All dogs are not good swim- mers and can get themselves in trouble if their abilities are less than the distance to get to shore. Also, make sure if your dog can’t swim, to keep it away from open water like swimming pools, lakes and stock tanks •Ke