Summer Heat and Pets
It’s summertime in Raleigh and Wake Forest! Time to celebrate outside, take trips to the beach,
baseball games, and restaurants with outdoor patios. The Triangle is a great place to be a dog owner
with so many pet-friendly things to do!
But with all of these options comes a special responsibility – Our dogs are always wearing a thick fur
coat, and can’t cool themselves off as well as their humans can. Here’s a few tips from Dr. Hipp, owner
of Twilight Meadows Mobile Veterinary Service, on how to keep your pups safe during the “dog days” of
- Keep outdoor activities limited to mornings and evenings, and always have a supply of cool,
fresh water available.
- Check pavement temperature before taking your pup for a walk – remember, they don’t wear
shoes like we do, and their paw pads can burn and blister.
- Shorter snout breeds, like pugs and bulldogs, can struggle even more in heat/humidity, so be
extra aware if you own one of those breeds.
- Keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke such as: Lethargy, profuse salvation, glazed eyes,
dizziness, and a deep red or purple tongue.
- Give your pups a frozen treat to help keep them cool. We give our pups frozen chicken bullion
cubes to keep them cool!
o Mix 4 cups of hot water with 1 packet chicken bullion. Pour into ice cube trays and
freeze for several hours. Give to your dogs occasionally with outside to help prevent
- Let them go swimming! Raleigh has some great lakes to take your pets, just be sure to give
them a bath and clean out their ears well with a good ear cleaner afterwards to prevent
If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke-
Move your pet into an air-conditioned area. Apply cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool
(not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take your pet
to an emergency clinic for evaluation and care. The contact info for our recommended emergency
clinics in the Raleigh and Wake Forest area are below:
Wake Vet Urgent Care: (919) 266-1458 1007 Tandal Place Knightdale, NC 27545
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals: (919) 861-0109 4640 Paragon Park Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616