Summer is definitely in full swing here as evidenced by hot temperatures and high humidity levels. We humans take precautions when dealing with the high temps and humidity like putting on sunscreen. staying hydrated and avoiding the midday sun and we need to do the same for our pets. It is our responsibility to protect our furry friends from the hazards of summer by keeping them cool , comfortable and safe. Like us humans, our pets are susceptible to dehydration and sunburn.
If you are miserable in the heat and humidity most likely your pet is too. If it’s too hot for you than most likely it’s the same for your furry friend. If the pavement or sand is too hot for you to walk comfortably barefoot on then it’s is too hot for your pet because it can burn their pads.
Hydration is important to both humans and animals alike because like us they can get overheated and dehydrated so please make sure that they have access to fresh clean water. If they spend a lot of time outside, frequently give them small amounts of water.
Please don’t leave any pet or animal unattended during these hot summer days because a temperature in a closed car can rise 20° in just 10 minutes and in an hour, 40°. On a 70 degree day, it can reach 110° inside the vehicle. It is best to leave your pet at home but if you have to run errands with your pet in a vehicle take someone with you so they can keep the air conditioning on so the animal doesn’t overheat.
If an animal gets overheated they can suffer from Hyperthermia or eat stroke which effects their ability to cool down most likely cause being trapped in an enclosed environment without ventilation like a car or have been outside too long without shade and water. Dog with restricted airways such as brachycephalic (flat faced) breeds of pug, boxer and bulldog and dogs that wear muzzles are more likely to develop these conditions than others.
Some symptoms of Heat Stroke and Hypothermia include:
- Excessive or Rapid Panting
- Increased Heart & Respiratory Rate
- Excessive drooling
- Labored Breathing
Some of the more severe symptoms include:
- Bloody Diarrhea
- Temperature of 104°
Please take your pet immediately the vet if they show any of the above symptoms.
Stay tuned for more summer tips in my next blog.
Keep Cool Out There !
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