|Cool Dog In Pool|
As thermometers remain high, pets are at risk for heat exhaustion if their internal temperature rises above normal. If it continues to climb, pets are in danger of experiencing heatstroke, which can lead to organ failure and death.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
• glazed eyes
• accelerated heart rate
• heavy panting
• excessive drooling
• red/purple gums or tongue
• lack of coordination
The best way to prevent pets from overheating in the summer is by limiting their exposure time. Minimize outdoor exercise and restrict walks to early mornings or late evenings when temperatures are cooler. Pets should be kept inside as much as possible; when outside, make sure to supply plenty of water and shade.
|Indoor Kitty Staying Cool|
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, move the animal into an area with shade or air conditioning. Apply cool wet towels to their head, neck, and chest to help cool them down, and offer small amounts of tepid water so they won't drink too fast and get sick. Then contact your veterinarian or bring your pet to the nearest emergency clinic immediately.