Summer is just a few weeks away, and as the temperature gets higher, it means it’s time to get outside and spend more time with our families (pets, too). More time outside for your pet means more potentially dangerous situations that can happen. We don’t want you to worry, but we do what you to be prepared for anything that could happen.

First and foremost, who to call in case of emergency. If you have an incident during regular business hours, please contact us immediately at 815-229-1234. If you have an incident after hours, please call one of the following businesses:

Animal Emergency Clinic of Rockford
7145 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
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M-F 6:00pm- 8:00am
Weekends: Friday 6:00 pm till Monday at 8:00 am
Open 24 hours on all major holidays

UW Veterinary Care UW-Madison
Referral and Emergency Hospital
(608) 263-7600 or (800) 386-8684
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The first thing we recommend is making sure that your pet’s run free in an enclosed area, and are kept on a leash if they are not in an enclosed areaRunning free and roaming the streets may feel like an adventure, but it puts them at great risk of being lost, getting into a fight, or getting hit by a car. The blunt trauma of getting hit by a car can cause a number of injuries, including:

  • Abrasions and loss of skin
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Head trauma
  • Internal injuries and blood loss

We recommend keeping an eye on the temperature, and watching your pet’s overall demeanor when outsideWith few sweat glands, dogs and cats are unable to adequately cool themselves when left in the heat, and their body temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels. A pet suffering from heat stroke requires immediate veterinary attention, so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of an overheated pet:

  • Excessive panting
  • Sticky or dry tongue or gums
  • Stumbling while trying to walk
  • Seizures
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees
  • Unresponsiveness

Tips: Never leave your pet inside your car, and don’t leave her outdoors unsupervised for more than 10 minutes on a hot day. While outside, ensure they have a shady area to escape the direct sunlight, and always provide fresh, cool water.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!