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How to Help Your Pet Beat the Heat

Summer's here and in full swing. A lot of us love getting outside and spending the sunny days with out pets. But it can be easy to forge that our furry companions can get over heated in the hot weather. Dogs and cats can sweat through their paws but not enough to help keep them cool. Dog's keep themselves cool through panting. If their body temperature reaches 106 Fahrenheit, then they are in danger of heat exhaustion.
How do you know if your pet is overheating? Some signs you can look for are excessive panting, weakness, bright red tongue or excessive drooling. Some dogs such as boxers, pugs and bulldogs are at a higher risk of overheating. You should also be careful with very young and very old dogs as well. How can you keep you keep your dog safe and cool?
  • Always provide plenty of water
  • Be careful when walking on tar or pavement- if it's too hot for your bare feet then it's too hot for their paws
  • Never leave them in a car
  • Be especially careful with dogs with flat faces like pugs and bulldogs- they are at a higher risk of overheating
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What do you do if you think your pet is overheating?
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Burlington Veterinary Center

 17 Covey Rd. Burlington, CT 06013 / USA  1-860-675-6009

Office hours

  • Monday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed


Emergencies during office hours will be seen right away. Please call ahead. After hours please contact either:

Veterinary Emergency Center
135 Dowd Ave, Canton, CT 06019
Open 24/7/365
Avon Veterinary Emergency Referral
9 Avonwood Road Avon, CT 06001
Open Mon – Thurs 5 pm–8 am
Fri 5 pm – Mon 8 am
24 Hours on Holidays

About Us

Our facility is conveniently located in Hartford County and is easy to get to by interstate highway and major state roads while maintaining its pet friendly and relaxing rural setting.