Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Signs It Is Too Hot for Your Pet

Dogs and cats must pant to cool themselves.  Humans sweat to cool themselves.  Which do you think is more efficient?  Since humans can sweat from their skin anywhere on their body and an animal must pant and 'sweat' from the pads of their paws, I would think that sweating is more efficient than panting.  Therefore, I would think that pets are more susceptible to over heating.  So with that in mind, remember to keep your pets cool.
-Don't leave them in the car even for 10 minutes.  Cars heat up like an oven very quickly.
-Don't walk your dog in the heat of the day.  Walk in early morning are in late in the evening.
-Don't leave your pet in full sun.  Make sure they have a shady spot to keep cool.
-Don't forget to leave fresh water for your pet.

If for some reason you see an animal that is over heated it will exhibit signs of drooling, lethargy, and even become comatose.  This is a medical emergency.  The pet must be cooled immediately with cool water.  Not icy water as this can cause shock.  Take the pet to the veterinarian immediately. 

With a little common sense we can keep our pets safe during the hot weather.

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