With the warmer weather creeping in, it is important to keep yourself, as well as your pets as cool as possible. This is something that many pet owners have to consider when they have pets, especially those with heavy coats. Since we haven’t written on heat stroke in a while, we thought we’d offer a quick refresher. Remember – when in doubt, give us a call!
Signs to Watch For in Pets
Here are the top signs to watch for in pets when the hot weather rolls around. Keeping an eye on them when they’re outside or inside a hot house is the best way to go about knowing whether or not they have heat stroke or exhaustion.
- Excessive panting is one of the biggest signs of having an overheated pet.
- Discomfort is a common symptom that can be seen with pets. They may seem like they cannot get comfortable, with heavy breathing.
- Pale gums or gums that are excessively red. The tongue may be very red, as well.
- Vomiting or diarrhea or both can be noticed in a pet that is going through heat stroke.
- Coma or lethargy is a common symptom that is normally seen in animals that are suffering from heat stroke.
- Depression can be from anything, but when it is hot out and the above signs are noticed, this can be another sign that comes with them.
Tips for Cooling Pets Down in the Summer
It is also a good idea to have tips that help you cool your pets down in the summer months. This way, you can reduce the chance of having a pet that overheats because of the hot summer sun.
- Always provide fresh water to your pet throughout the day. Giving them unlimited access to the cool water can ensure that they have a way to hydrate and stay cool.
- Keep pets in the shade, air conditioning or central air part of the home.
- Don’t leave pets in a hot car!
- Give your pet a small pool to cool off in, spray them with a hose or do other water activities with them throughout the day.
- Try to refrain from excessive exercise and activity in the hot sun. Take walks or play fetch after the sun has gone down and it is a bit cooler out.
- Avoid places where the hot sun may seem hotter than it is, such as asphalt surfaces and other areas. These can actually make the dog feel hotter, and may even burn their paws.
If you suspect that your pet is overheating, it is crucial that you seek out immediate medical care for them. A pet can easily die from being too hot during the summer months if they’re not properly treated right away. Contact the nearest vet’s office and speak with them about the next steps to take. Never submerge your pet into ice cold water when they seem to overheat, as this can put them into shock.
Contact a member of the HOFAH team for more information about your pets and this summer. You want to make sure that you have the best possible advice, so that everyone can stay cool and comfortable.
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