These coming weeks promise brutally dangerous high
be careful with your pets during the next month or so when the US
experiences the worst part of summer. Bring
your pets in when it is hot Make sure that if they have
to be outside that they have full shade, water and some kind of a breeze
(sounds silly but a fan for their comfort is not a bad thing,
neighbors may think you've lost it). If you have a COOL garage and
can use it for the dog, then make the animal as comfortable as you
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOGS OUTDOORS UNATTENDED FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME
DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY--THEY CAN SUFFER OF A HEAT STROKE AND DIE
IN AN EXTREMELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME!!!!
Keep your dogs safe, they cannot sweat it out
The heat is on!
Heat Stroke in Dogs/Cats
Working up a good sweat in the hot summer months may be good for
you, but it can lead to heat stroke in your pet and kill him in a
matter of minutes. Your dog cannot sweat!
Stroke is a dangerous condition that takes the lives of many animals
Your pet's normal body temperature is 99.5 to 102.5 degrees
Fahrenheit. If it rises to 105 or 106 degrees, the pet is at risk
for developing heat exhaustion. If the
body temperature rises to 107 degrees, your pet has entered the dangerous
zone of heat stroke. With heat stroke, irreversible damage and death
Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body
temperature, which leads to nervous system abnormalities (such as
lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma). Abnormally high body
temperature (also called hyperthermia) develops after increased
muscular activity with impaired ability to give off heat due to high
heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction.
Heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion and
heat cramps can occur after exposure to extremely high environmental
temperatures. These illnesses occur in all mammals and can be
prevented by taking proper precautions.
A parked car
can reach 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with partially
opened windows. And
any pet exercising on a hot, humid day, even with plenty of water,
can become overheated.. Overheating
often leads to heat stroke. As a pet owner, you should know the
dangers of overheating and what to do to prevent it. You should also
know the signs of heat stroke and what to do if your pet exhibits
At Even Higher Risk are:
Puppies up to 6 months of age
Black dogs and cats (black color
Dogs that have a thick coat, heart and lung problems or a short
muzzle are at greater risk for heat stroke .
Pets that are overexerted during exercise.
Pets that are ill or receiving certain medications.
Pets with short, wide heads like pugs, English bulldogs, Boston
Dogs with airway obstructive diseases.
Pets with pre-existing fever.
Pets that are dehydrated.
Pets with poor circulation due to cardiovascular or other underlying
Older pets (large breed dogs over 7 years of age, small breed dogs
over 14 years of age)
Pets with heart disease.
Bright red tongue
Red or pale gums
Thick, sticky saliva
Vomiting - sometimes with blood
If your pet is overheating, he will appear sluggish and
unresponsive. He may appear disorientated. The gums, tongue and
conjunctiva of the eyes may be bright red and he will probably be
panting hard. He may even start vomiting. Eventually he will
collapse, seizure and may go into a coma.
If your pet exhibits any of these signs, treat it as an emergency
and call your veterinarian immediately. On the way to your
veterinary hospital, you can cool your pet with wet towels, spray
with cool water from a hose or by providing ice chips for your pet
to chew (providing he is conscious).
There are several things you can
do to prevent heat related problems for your pet:
Monitor outdoor temperature and
minimize your pet's activity on hot, humid
Remove the pet from the hot area immediately.
Limit sun exposure during the hours of 11 AM
to 3 PM on hot days.
Walk or exercise your pet in the morning or
Keep your pet in a comfortable environment
(air-conditioned room or partially open windows with a
breeze) during extremely hot weather.
NEVER leave your pet in a car
(even with the windows partially rolled down) for any reason at any
time. Leaving pets in a car during warm
(not hot) weather is the most common cause of heat stroke.
Provide your pet with plenty of fresh water and plenty of shade.
Take extra care with puppies and kittens.
If possible, allow your pet to acclimate gradually to high
temperatures. Heat illness is common in the
spring when the animal has not had sufficient time to acclimate to
the warmer temperatures.
After traveling to a warmer climate, allow your pet several days to
become acclimated before allowing any vigorous exercise.
Make sure outside cats and dogs have access to shade.
Allow your cat and dog to have access to cooler areas of the house.
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