Summer is here, and so is the heat! Here are a couple of tips to prevent pet heat stroke during these hot months:
- Never, ever, ever leave your pet in car on a hot or humid day – not even “for a minute.” Cars are like greenhouses, they trap in all the heat! If you need to run errands, leave your pet at home in a comfortable environment. Hot temperatures can be fatal for your pet.
- Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Unusual loud and rapid breathing
- High rectal temperature
- Extreme thirst
- Weakness and fatigue
- Dizziness or confusion
- A bright red tongue with pale gums
- Loss of elasticity in skin when pinched
- Difficulty breathing or panting
- Thick saliva
- Increased heart rate
If you find that your pet is suffering from heat stroke, follow these steps:
- Move the animal to a shaded area
- Place cold, wet towels around your pet’s neck and head, but be sure to not cover up their nose or mouth.
- Slowly pour cold water over your pet’s body. Do not cool your pet off too quickly – it must be a slow process.
- Use a digital rectal thermometer to take your pet’s temperature. Heat stroke patients usually have temperatures about 105 degrees. Do not cool your pet below 102 degrees.
- When your pet is getting back to normal, give him/her a small quantity of water to drink to help with their dehydration.
- Contact your local vet to get advice on what to do next. Although your pet may not show external signs of heat stroke, there can be internal damage. It is always best to schedule a veterinary appointment.
Dogs do not sweat like humans do; they release heat through panting and sweating through their foot pads and nose.
It is very important to keep your pets in a comfortable environment during these next couple of hot months.
I hope you all have a COOL summer!