Hot Weather Tips to avoid emergency situations and heatstroke in pets
• If your dog is not used to exercise, go slow and ease into it. Just because your pet used to jog in the fall doesn’t mean he’s ready for summer. Make sure exercise becomes part of the daily routine to keep them healthy.
• Exercise early in the morning and late evening when it is a bit cooler. Avoid the midday heat. It can be dangerous.
• Be careful of pad burns on hot pavement and metal surfaces, this can make your pet uncomfortable and/or sensitive. If possible, try to walk on the grass or buy booties.
• Offer small amounts of fresh cool (without ice) water frequently during the walk. Make sure plenty of water is available in an unspillable container throughout the day.
• During the walk watch your pet for signs of tiring and too much panting. Panting with the tongue out of his mouth completely tells you it’s time for a break.
• Try to walk in areas where there is shade.
The San Antonio Humane Society offers Low-Cost Wellness Clinics every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00-noon. Clinics are held in the Curb Humane Education Center, and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
At these clinics, our veterinarians briefly examine your animal to determine if he/she is healthy enough to receive vaccinations. We also offer heartworm tests and prevention (if test is negative) for dogs, and flea/heartworm prevention for cats. Deworming is also available. If our veterinarians feel your pet may be too sick for vaccines, they will refer you to your regular veterinarian or nearest emergency clinic immediately.
Wellness Clinic Schedule
Saturday, August 13, 8am - 12
Saturday, August 27, 8am - 12
Saturday, Sept. 10, 8am - 12
Saturday, Sept. 24, 8am - 12
Forms to fill out and bring
Vaccination and Services Record, Vaccination and Microchipping, Texas Health and Safety Code Consent Form