Rescue Group Reminds Pet Owners of Heat Stroke Signs – June 24, 2013

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Rescue group reminds pet owners of heat stroke signs

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013

By MEGAN SEMERAZ; @MeganSemeraz

Temperatures are expected to be into the 90s this week, and a local rescue group is reminding people to keep their furry friends out of the heat.

Heat stroke can happen in just 10 minutes, which is why The Animal Care Network encourages people keeping their pets indoors. The network serves as a rescue group in communities like Pontiac.

Signs of heat stroke in a pet include increased temperature, panting and thick saliva, dark red gums, unwillingness to get up, collapse or loss of consciousness, disorientation and dizziness.

If the pet does display these symptoms, it should be cooled down slowly with a cool washcloth but not submerged in cold water.

Pets that are suffering heat stroke should be taken to a veterinarian.

In the hot weather, pet owners are advised to not walk their dogs outside, or especially take them along in the car.

One tip the Animal Care Network recommends is allowing animals to play in a kiddie pool filled with water on a hot day.

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