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Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Summer

When you are a pet owner, you need to have a keen eye for red flags when it comes to your pet’s health. Dogs can often go years hiding an infection or internal issues, so it’s crucial that you take them to the vet to have tests done once a year. In addition, dog owners should look for changes in their furry friend’s behavior, from walking habits to food preferences. If you see something out of the ordinary, make a note of it. Medical illnesses can become worse in the summer months, where dehydration and overheating are big concerns.

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In this video, we will look at red flags in dogs’ behavior that may warrant a trip to the animal hospital.

Checking your dog’s pulse and heartbeat is very important. If you suspect something may be wrong, press down lightly on their ribs to hear their heartbeat. 120 beats per minute is normal, but anything drastically different than this should be reported to the vet immediately. Second, check their temperature with a regular thermometer. They should be between 101 and 102.5 degrees fahrenheit. Ensure that they breath once every 10 seconds, or else call your vet.