5 Factors That Put Your Dog at Risk for Summer Heatstroke

Lab swimming in a pool

Many dogs love summer as much as we do, but high temperatures can present a problem for our canine friends.

We talked with Dr. Debbie Mandell, staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, about what factors can increase your dog’s risk of heat-related injuries and even death. Heatstroke is one of the many problems that veterinarians at Ryan see in the 13,000 emergency cases that come through their doors each year. Here are five factors that Dr. Mandell says can put your dog at risk for heat stress.

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Backyard Chickens: Cage Free but Not Carefree

Back Yard Chickens

Cluck, cluck, cluck. You’ll hear these sounds in nearly every state these days.

Backyard chickens have become exceedingly popular and are popping up in suburban areas everywhere. There’s plenty that’s appealing about these feathered pets — and plenty to consider before you get them.

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Keeping City Pets Safe in the Concrete Jungle

Dog on a park bench.

 I live and work in one of the more densely populated cities in the world: New York City, home to more than 8.4 million residents. Although many would guess there’s not much room for pets, the New York City Economic Development Corporation estimated there were 1.1 million pets living in our metropolis in 2012.

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A Different Animal: Cancer in Pets and People

Cancer can strike every organ in the body, and each different type of cancer carries a different prognosis and requires a different treatment. That’s because, although we tend to lump all cancers into the same basket, each one is a separate disease. That is true when we look at cancers within the same species (such as all human cancers or all canine or feline cancers) or when we start comparing the same kind of cancer across species (such as skin cancer in humans and canines). In this article, we take a brief look at how cancers that are important in people usually manifest differently in our pets.

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Help Prevent These 5 Pricey Parasite Problems

Fleas and ticks are more than just an annoyance to pets — and to pet owners, who have to listen to the scratching or remove the ticks. These unwanted critters are a potentially significant source of disease, misery, and expense.

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The Mystery of Feline Pancreatitis

Sick cat.

When you think about it, the pancreas is a lot like a cat: It typically goes about its business (of producing hormones and digestive enzymes) without a lot of fuss, but it definitely has a volatile and mysterious side that shows itself when the organ becomes inflamed.

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Never Leave Pets Alone in Hot Cars

Dog Sitting In A Car

Never leave your pet in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked cars can rise rapidly and cause heatstroke, organ and brain damage, and even death. Just imagine how terrible being trapped in a hot car would be — and then imagine wearing a fur coat at the same time!

Our pets would never leave us in the parking lot. Let’s not do it to them.

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Cats and Dogs Keeping Cool in the Heat

May 23 is National Heat Awareness Day, and humans aren’t the only ones who can become sick when it’s hot outside. Pets can suffer from heat stress, too. Keep your dogs and cats safe from the heat –  stay cool on hot summer days.