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Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your Dog

June 13, 2017

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your Dog

Summer is here, and we love enjoying the outdoors with our dogs! But we need to be careful– dogs can suffer heat exhaustion in just 15 minutes.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are Summer Dangers for Your DogSigns of Heat Stroke

If your dog displays any of these symptoms, bring your pet inside or to a shady place right away and call your veterinarian.

  • Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst
  • Bright red tongue and mucous membranes, which turn grey as shock sets in
  • Unsteadiness and staggering
  • Lethargy
  • Thick saliva, drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Preventing Heat Stroke

Preventing Heat StrokeSome dogs are more at risk of overheating, so pay especially close attention if your dog is:

  • Short-nosed
  • Long-haired
  • Young

To keep your dog safe this summer, follow these tips:

  • Provide pets with cool, fresh water at all times
  • Limit jogging and bicycling with your dog and keep walks early or later, when the temperatures are cooler
  • Keep pets indoors with the A/C during the heat of the day

If you think your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call us right away at (513) 829-8989.

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