Veterinarian - Melbourne
1029 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 254-1754

Summer is almost here! While I’m sure we’re all looking forward to backyard BBQs and spending time at the beach, this season has a dangerous side too. With summer temperatures regularly reaching 90 degrees and Florida’s notorious humidity, your furry little friend runs the risk of heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke may include panting, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, and collapsing. If heatstroke is suspected, call your veterinarian (or your local animal emergency clinic) without delay and ask for further instructions. Even with emergency care, heatstroke can be fatal. Prevention is the best way to keep your pet safe. Always provide your pet with plenty of water and shelter, limit strenuous exercise on hot days, and consider a summer shave down for animals with long hair. Finally, remember to NEVER leave your pet inside a parked car, even if you crack the windows or you’ll just be gone for a minute. Even in mild weather, your car’s interior can reach in excess of 120 degrees! Following these simple tips will reduce the risk of heatstroke and help you and your pet enjoy your summer together.

Please call your veterinarian for more information and guidance.

Michael J. Ponte, DVM
1029 Sarno Rd.
Melbourne, Fl. 32935

If you have any general questions regarding your pet, please call Dr. Ponte at 321-254-1754.