Keeping Cool this Summer

Keeping Cool this Summer

As summer approaches and the weather begins to get warmer with each day we need to make sure we keep our pets cool to keep them safe.  Pets are considered to be suffering from heat stroke or hyperthermia when their temperature reaches 40.5 C or 105 F.  Pets that are obese, have short noses (brachycephalic) or suffer from respiratory issues are more likely to suffer the ill effects of the heat.

Keeping Cool In the Pool

What to watch for?

  • Increased respiration rate
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Weakness
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Bright red or blue gums
  • Increased body temperature

How can I prevent overheating?

  • NEVER leave pets in the vehicle
  • provide shade if outside
  • Fresh cool water readily available
  • cool gear (from vests to bandanas to keep pets cool and damp)
  • Cool towels placed on pets
  • Access to temperature controlled area
  • Avoid over exertion during high temperatures

What if I think my pet is overheated?

  • Get your pet to the veterinarian; call on your way to notify of your arrival
  • Place cool damp towels on your pet, do not place in an ice bath
  • Offer cool water
  • If unconscious ensure no water goes into mouth or nose

Severe hyperthermia affects every body system and is a true medical emergency.  If you have any concerns regarding your pets well being always feel free to contact your veterinary team.

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