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HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE FROM THE SUMMER HEAT
Source: Henry Schein, Inc. news release

Melville, New York -- As the temperature continues to climb, Henry Schein, Inc. is encouraging veterinarians and pet parents to discuss ways to keep animals safe during the hot summer months. To that end, Henry Schein Animal Health, the animal health subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc., has made an infographic available for download that veterinary practices can post to their websites and share on social media and with their clients.

The infographic-which sources information from the Humane Society of the United States, among others-speaks to a number of summer-related health and safety issues, including:

Heat stroke: Protect your pets from heat stroke, which occurs when your pet's body cannot maintain its temperature in a safe range. Pets can suffer heat stroke if left in a parked car or when exercising strenuously in hot weather.
Housing: Animals that are outdoors need shade and water at all times, though dog houses can become stifling in the heat.

Summer travel: Before bringing pets on a trip, be sure to pack, among other items, health and vaccination records, medications, veterinarian's information, and a first aid kit.

Water safety: When boating on open water, humans and pets should both wear life preservers should an accident occur. Pet parents should also be aware of dangerous currents when animals are playing in rivers and the ocean.

"Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors with your family, friends, and pets, but it's important to remember the unique health and safety challenges associated with warm weather," said Fran Dirksmeier, President, Henry Schein Animal Health, North America. "We encourage veterinarians to download this infographic and share it with their clients so they can take the necessary precautions to ensure that their pet can safely enjoy the 'dog days' of summer."

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites.