Monday, June 24, 2013

Heat Can be Dangerous for Pets

In the area where I reside, we are experiencing a heat wave.  Please keep in mind that dogs and cats 'sweat' through their paws and by panting.  A few mindful precautions will keep your pet happy and healthy.
  • Provide shade and plenty of clean water.
  • Walk your dog very early or late in the evening.
  • Dogs who love to run and fetch will not slow down when they get too hot.  It is up to you to keep your dog from overheating.
  • Avoid walking on hot macadam if possible. (Hot paws)
  • Avoid taking your pet in the car if you need to run errands.
  • If your dog (and sometimes cats) likes water, provide a kiddie pool for you dog to cool off.
  • Be aware that dogs with short snouts are more prone to overheating.  (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, etc)
  • Rabbits are also susceptible to the heat.  Putting a frozen water bottle in with your rabbit will help them cool off.
If your pet becomes over heated, be aware of the signs and take immediate steps to save your dog.
  • Heavy panting with salivating.
  • Vomiting.
  • Lethargy.
  • Staggering gait.
  • Unconsciousness.
If your pet exhibits the symptoms above-IT IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.  Your pet could die from overheating if it is past the heavy panting and salivating stage. You will need to cool your pet with cool water.  Not ice cold as this could cause shock.  Cool the animal at the 'arm pits', head, and belly area with cool wet towels.  Take them to your veterinarian. 

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