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Do You Have a Pool for Your Pet in the Sandy Area?

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Our furry family loves swimming too! 

Cooling off in the pool is a great way to escape the summer heat, but our pets need supervision to stay safe around swimming pools. The following will explain the signs of heat stroke in dogs and cats, health tips for swimming, and what do you once your furry friends get out of the pool.

Heat Stroke:

Dogs:

  • Dogs don’t sweat and can’t regulate their body temperature.
  • They also don’t handle heat well.

Cats-:

  • Don’t handle heat well
  • They are able to sweat through their foot pads
  • Body temperatures over 105°F are dangerous and require immediate care

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Red tongue or gums
  • Lethargy or weakness

Preventing Poolside Heat Stroke:

  • Provide a shaded area
  • Have fresh and clean water available
  • Something for your pet to lie on, concrete or a wooden deck can get hot and burn their paws

Health Tips:

  • Swimming is excellent exercise for pets, but don’t assume they know how to swim right away.
  • Don’t let your pet drink pool water; the chemicals can be harmful to them.
  • Get goggles for dogs to protect their eyes.

Out of the pool:

  • Wash the pool chemicals off your pet with fresh water
  • Clean and dry out their ears to prevent infections
    • Use soft cotton balls
    • Dogs with floppy ears are more likely to get infections

SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy wants to keep you and your four-legged friends safe and healthy!