Extreme Heat! Make sure your furry friends keep cool this summer.
July 9, 2016
It's HOT outside! Be sure that your pet is protected as the temperature soars. Limit time outside. Ensure that your pets have access to plenty of fresh cool water, and plenty of shade. Never leave pets in a car during the summer- even for a few minutes. Temperatures can soar well over 120 degrees with the windows open and even in shade. Since dogs don't sweat like people do, it's really difficult for them to cool down, and heat stroke can be deadly.
Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, bright red tongue and gums, body temperatures over 103 degrees, “tacky” gums, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, staggering, and coma. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, cool them by running water over them, and contact your veterinarian immediately. Even though obvious symptoms subside, it is best to have your pet examined by a veterinarian. Heat stroke often affects internal organs , and signs of internal damage may not show immediately.