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The More You Know: Preventing Heat Stroke in Pets
It’s getting hot, not only for two-legged humans, but also for our four-legged friends. Heat stroke, officially known as hyperthermia, occurs any time a dog’s body temperature is higher than 105°F. Because heat stroke is a truly life-threatening emergency that requires immediate recognition and prompt treatment, here are some tips to keep your pet safe this summer:
Do not leave your dog in the car with the windows cracked. When left in a car on a relatively cool 75-degree day, the temperature within a vehicle can increase an average of 40°F within one hour. That equates to 115°F in the car, whether the windows are cracked or not. At very high temperatures, keep your pets indoors and limit outside exposure as much as possible. Modify your dog’s exercise routine in hot weather by enjoying short walks early in the morning or after dark. Offer water frequently when you are outdoors. Stop in a shady spot, and really encourage your pet to relax and drink.
Common signs of heat stroke include: heavy or excessive panting; rapid breathing or difficulty in breathing; a deep red or purple-colored tongue and/or gums; and a lack of coordination, among other symptoms. If you suspect your pet is overheated, immediately move your dog to a shaded and cool environment and direct a fan on to him/her. Begin to cool the body by placing cool, wet towels over the dog’s back of the neck and in the armpits, and wet the dog’s ear flaps and paws with cool water. Direct the fan to the wet areas to speed up evaporative cooling and immediately transport your pet to the closest available veterinary facility for evaluation and treatment. For more helpful information on heat stroke and how to prevent it in your pets, visit:
https://thebark.com, https://dogtime.com and https://www.whole-dog-journal.com.
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