VALLEY STREAM, NY - With temperatures expected to reach over 90 degrees and the humidity at more than 60% over the next few days - and the heat index hitting between 95 and 105 by the weekend - pet owners should take special care in ensuring their pet's safety. Central Veterinary Associates offers these tips to keep pets safe and happy through the hottest summer days.
— Prevent heat stroke and passing out - Older, overweight and sick pets should not be allowed to spend a lot of time outside in the hot weather. Even young and healthy pets should be watched closely to make sure they don't get heat stroke.
— Maintain your pet's water supply - Always provide a bowl of clean, fresh water for your pet, both inside and outside. Keeping your pet properly hydrated will improve their health and prevent illness.
— Do not leave pets in a home without air conditioning - Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures will reach uncomfortable and often dangerously high levels. Always keep the air conditioning and any fans on for your pets.
— Do not leave pets in a car for any reason - Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. Even with the windows open, temperatures will rapidly climb to a dangerous level. Leaving your pet unattended in a car will expose them to heat stroke, dehydration, brain damage, suffocation and ultimately death.
"It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets in the next few days," said Dr. Steven Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Veterinary Associates. "The hot weather and dehydration can have serious effects on your pet's health so it is essential to provide your pet with fresh water at all times and maintain a comfortable environment."
For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.
About Central Veterinary Associates
Central Veterinary Associates, P.C. is a 24-hour, full-service hospital that provides optimal small animal medicine, including exotic medicine. The main hospital is located in Valley Stream, which provides 24-hour care at its state-of-the-art facility. Central Veterinary Associates also has other convenient locations in Great Neck, Bayside, Forest Hills, Far Rockaway and Belle Harbor. The hospital features intensive care units and intravenous infusion pumps and offers state-of-the-art radiology, endoscopy, ultrasonography, otoscopy and dentistry services. Central Veterinary Associates has over 100 staff members, including 14 veterinarians, as well as a board-certified radiologist and surgeon. For more information, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.