Keeping Pets Safe In The Summer Heat

Tanya Sloan Battiston, veterinarian and chief of staff at Star Meadow Animal Clinic in Farmington, gives some tips on how to keep your pets cool and safe during the summer heat.

Below are some tips from The Humane Society of the United States on keeping your animals safe. Read more at www.humanesociety.org.

The signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short, smushed muzzles, will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

What to do if your pet is suffering from heatstroke

Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.

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