Protect Your Pets from Heat Stroke This Week – July 16, 2013

Protect your pets from heat stroke this week

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Animal Care Network, a division of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, has recently encountered dogs and cats suffering from heat stroke/heat exhaustion. Temperatures are dangerously high for pets and will stay close to 90 degrees for the next five days. Heat stroke can happen in as little as 10 minutes.

Here are tips for preventing heat stroke in pets:

— Avoid vigorous exercise and walking

— Do not leave your pets in your car

— Keep fresh cool water available at all times

— Keep your dog in a shaded area

— Many dogs like to cool off in a “kiddy” pool

Signs of heat stroke in pets:

— Increased body temperature

— Vigorous panting, thick saliva

— Dark red gums

— Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up

— Collapse and/or loss of consciousness

— Dizziness or disorientation

What to do if you suspect heat stroke:

— Move your pet out of the heat and away from sun right away

— Go to your local veterinarian immediately

— Begin cooling your pet down slowing by placing cool washcloth or towel on the body, especially foot pads and around the head

— Do not use ice or very cool water, only slowly offer cool water, do not force

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