Help Your Pet Keep Cool and Avoid Heat Exhaustion

June 22, 2016

Help Your Pet Keep Cool and Avoid Heat ExhaustionHyperthermia, known as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, is a dangerous condition for pets. Cats and dogs are not equipped to disperse heat by sweating, so their body temperatures can rise quickly.

If your pet is going to be outside on a warm day, provide plenty of shade and fresh water. Some animals are more susceptible to heat exhaustion, like senior or overweight pets, along with those who have flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats. Take special care to keep these pets in an air-conditioned environment during the summer heat.

Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Car!

Watch this time-lapse video where in just 15 minutes, the interior of a car heats up to 110 degrees.

Even on a mild day, car temperatures can soar. It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach 100 degrees on a pleasant, 75-degree day. And opening the windows doesn’t help. Please, don’t leave your pet in a car alone!

Signs Your Pet May Suffer from Heat Exhaustion

If you witness any of these symptoms in your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.

  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness
  • Stupor
  • Collapse

If you suspect your pet of suffering from hyperthermia, move them to an air-conditioned space, run them a cool (not cold) bath, provide plenty of water and call your veterinarian right away.

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