236 36th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Open Mon-Fri: 5PM to 10PM, Sat: 12PM to 8PM, Sun: 12PM to 6PM

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General Pet Care Information

Tips on Preventing Heatstroke

As the temperature steadily gets hotter, it is important to remember that our pets can suffer from the heat too.

Here are some tips that can be used for every species.

  • Exercise your pet in the early morning or late evening; avoid midday activities.
  • Never leave your pet in a vehicle – even for a few minutes
  • Take special care of pets that are kept outdoors, including rabbits. Make sure all pets have access to cool shelter and plenty of water.
  • Place a frozen water bottle inside your rabbit’s cage.
  • Apply sunscreen on tender areas of dogs with light pigment.
  • Watch out for asphalt because it can cause second-degree burns on your pet’s feet.

Signs of heatstroke can include:

  • Collapse
  • Sticky drool
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Bright red or pale gray, tacky gums
  • Rapid Panting
  • Muscle incoordination
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Seizures