Keeping Pets Cool

How to Prevent Heatstroke on Hot Summer Days

Remember to keep your pets cool during these hot, humid summer months. Here are a few tips from the Humane Society of the United States.

• Don’t leave your pets in the car. This should be a no-brainer. Temperatures inside a car on an 85-degree day can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes (even with the windows open slightly); after 30 minutes, it can get to 120 degrees.

• Shade and water. When your pet is outside, make sure she has protection from heat and sun (a doghouse doesn’t provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets.

• Limit exercise. On very hot days, go out in the early morning or evening hours. Be especially careful with pets who have white-colored ears, as they are susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets. Also, asphalt gets blazing hot and can burn your pet’s paws.

• Signs of heatstroke. Symptoms include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness. Lower your pet’s body temperature gradually by applying 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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