Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, sunburns and heat stroke. By taking these simple precautions provided by the ASPCA you can avoid the danger of heat stroke, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Pets can dehydrate quickly so give them a shady place to get out of the sun and be careful not to over exercise them. Keep them indoors when it is extremely hot.
Knowing the warning signs
Symptoms of overheating in a pet include:
- Excessive panting or difficult breathing
- Increased heart rate & respiratory
- Mild weakness & collapse
- Bloody diarrhea
- Animals with flat faces such as pugs or persians are more suseptible since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets along with elderly or over weight pets and those with heart disease or lung disease should be kept in air-conditioned rooms if possible.
- No Parking
- Never leave a pet alone in a parked car on a hot day. If it is hot for you it is 10 times hotter for them. A parked car can become a furnace even with the windows open. Leaving pets unattended is illegal in several states.
- Make a safe Splash!
- Do not leave a pet around a pool. Introduce your pet gradually and make sure they wear a floatation device when in a boat.
- Rinse your dog to remove any chlorine or salt and try to keep them from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could up upset their stomach.
- While walking your dog, avoid lawn & garden insecticides.
- Besides the risk of heat stroke, believe it or not your pet is also at risk of hypothermia if your dog is playing in the water for a long period of time. I have actually seen this before.
- SO ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SUMMER WEATHER WITH YOUR PET & BE CAUTIOUS AND FOLLOW THE TIPS GIVEN TO YOU TODAY TO BE SAFE SO YOUR PET WILL LIVE A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE.
MOST OF THIS INFORMATION CAME FROM THE ASPCA