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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Summertime Pet Care Tips

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Spring and summer are natural times for animals to breed, meaning more litters of dogs and cats. As a result, the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane, sees a dramatic increase in the number of animals brought into the facility.

Irving Animal Services reminds residents to pay special attention to their pets this summer to ensure they stay safe and healthy through the season’s heat and humidity.

  • An animal with a microchip and a pet identification tag can be returned to its owner without ever setting foot in an animal shelter. Microchips are an easy way to ensure a pet makes its way home and can be implanted for only $10 at the IACC.
  • Do not leave animals locked inside a car for any period of time, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a car can increase dramatically in only a few minutes.
  • Limit exercise on hot days and provide ample water for all pets.
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke, especially if a pet is very young, very old or overweight. A pet suffering from heatstroke will display several signs, which may include rapid panting; bright red tongue; red or pale gums; thick, sticky saliva; depression; weakness; dizziness; vomiting (sometimes with blood); diarrhea; shock; and coma.

For more information, call (972) 721-2256.

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