FurWell Family Focus Vol 4

How to Deal With Hot Weather  




Volume 4

Hey there, FurWell Family! 

As we head into another scorching week, I want to remind everyone about the importance of keeping our furry friends safe and cool in the summer heat.  It’s crucial to take some extra precautions to ensure they are safe. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Watch out for hot pavement and asphalt! They can reach temperatures over 160 degrees, which can cause serious pain and blistering on your dog’s delicate paws. To avoid this, schedule walks in the cooler morning or evening hours. 


Speaking of feet , DID YOU KNOW that we offer nail trims for dogs, cats, and even birds at FurWell? We have a special ears to rear package that includes a nail trim, anal gland expression, and ear cleaning, all at a reduced rate! Just text our clinic [(864) 292-6433] to schedule an appointment.

Make sure all pets have access to shade and fresh water at all times. Even a short period of unattended time outside in this heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be life-threatening. Let’s keep our furry pals cool and hydrated.

Avoid engaging in strenuous activities with your pet during the hottest parts of the day. Excessive exercise in high temperatures can quickly lead to exhaustion and heat stroke. Let’s take it easy and enjoy indoor playtime or early morning adventures instead.

Remember, the temperature inside a car can be up to 48 degrees hotter than outside! Even with the AC running, leaving your pet in the car while you run errands can be extremely dangerous. A car malfunction or power failure could quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. 


If you suspect your pet is overheated, it’s important to act quickly. Bring them inside onto a cool floor, provide small amounts of fresh cold water, and place a fan nearby for additional cooling. Avoid immersing them in a tub of cold water, as this can actually trap heat internally. If you are concerned, call us IMMEDIATELY.  


Buy a cheap digital rectal thermometer online.  If you are concerned your pet is overheating, check their temperature.  A dog should have a range of 99.5 degrees to 102.5 degrees.  If your pet is above 104 degrees they are overheated and need to be seen IMMEDIATELY.   


DID YOU KNOW: Dogs have a unique cooling mechanism! They don’t sweat much through their paw pads like we do. Instead, they cool down by panting and circulating air over their tongue. Basically they are air cooled engines.  So when the outside temperature rises, they struggle to cool themselves efficiently. Let’s be mindful of their limitations.

To help you and your furry companions beat the heat, we’re offering free pup cups this week. Swing by our clinic and treat your pup to a refreshing ice cream cone! ? We even have popsicles available for your not-so-furry kids. 

Stay cool and keep those tails wagging!

Cool regards, 

Dr. Tyler

Thought for the Week:  “Corporate vet clinics: where your pet’s health plan is determined by a boardroom meeting, not a genuine love for animals.”

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