The heat is on this summer and the days are getting warmer and warmer. Reminder to never keep your pet inside a hot car even for a minute, as it is extremely dangerous to your pet’s health!
Leaving your pet inside a hot car, even with the air conditioning on is very dangerous. The temperature can be 85 degrees outside, while the temperature inside the car can get up to 102 degrees in just 10 minutes, which can put your pet at risk for Heat Stroke.
Here are some signs to look for if a pet is or was at risk:
- Heavy Panting
- Difficulty/labored breathing
- Bright red tongue and mucus membranes (gums) which can turn grey once shock sets in
- Excessing drooling and thick saliva
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Unsteadiness and staggering
If your pet or someone else pet has signs of heatstroke here is what to do:
- Take pets temperature rectally and document findings, seek veterinary care ASAP
- Move pet to a cooler area and gradually apply cool water (not cold water) on the pet’s body and apply cool wet towels to the groin area, paw, ear flaps and back of neck
- If able, direct a fan towards pet and wet areas to speed cooling process
- Offer pet water, but do not force pet to drink
It is important to remember that dogs cannot regulate their temperature like humans, and certain breeds that are brachiocephalic such as bulldogs, pugs, and boxer are at a greater risk due to a restricted airway because of their ‘flat face’ and shorter snouts.
Heatstroke is a very scary and avoidable occurrence, and we highly recommend keeping your pets at home where it’s nice a cool and remember to avoid hot concrete when walking your pet in the summer months.
If you have any questions, please call or message us anytime!
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