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How Hot Is Too Hot? Is Your Pet in Danger?

We worry about frostbite and hypothermia in pets during the winter months, although spring and summer weather brings heat stroke and hyperthermia concerns. You may associate these risks with pets left in hot cars, although in extreme heat, it can even occur in your backyard.

Here is a chart to determine “How hot is too hot?”

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Source: Petplan Pet Insurance.

Note: The chart found above is not a reference to determine if you can leave your pet in the car in warm weather. The temperature in your car is always extremely hotter than the temperature outside.

NEVER leave your dog unattended in your vehicle.

Other considerations when to decide “How hot is too hot?”

  • Age – Senior pets (they have more difficulty breathing and have trouble moving around, away from the sun).
  • Breed – Brachycephalic dogs (they don’t cool air as efficiently, making it harder to breathe and cool down).
  • Obesity – Extra pounds restricts their breathing.

Summertime should be about spending time with family and friends and enjoying the summer weather. The last thing you want is to rush to the emergency hospital if your pet suffers from a heat stroke or an unexpected injury. Be educated and enjoy the best months of the year with no worries.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesay: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital