Summer is in full swing, and that means the temperatures are, too. On the wicked hot summer days, it is important to remember that your pet is extra vulnerable to being overheated. Additionally, older and overweight pets are even more vulnerable to heat exhaustion.
Pets need to have limited time in the heat of the sun, and extra love and care with shade, plenty of water, and/or time indoors. They especially shouldn’t be left in cars. If exposed to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time, left in a hot car, or not properly nourished in the heat, they could potentially have a heatstroke.
Signs Of Heatstroke In Pets
If you are suspicious that your pet is overheated and may be having a heatstroke, it’s important to look for signs of:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive salivation
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heart rate
- Lack of movement
- Lack of coordination
- A deep red or purple tongue
Additionally, if your pet is vomiting, having a seizure, has a fever or is unconscious after being in the heat, they may be having a heatstroke.
What To Do If Your Pet Is Having a Heatstroke
If your pet is having symptoms of heatstroke, take these measures:
- Move your pet indoors or to a shaded area.
- Use cool water to lower their temperature. You can give them a cool bath or spray cool water on them with a hose. You can also place a cool towel or ice on their head, neck, or chest – just like you would on a person.
- Call your vet or an animal hospital and take them to get looked immediately to prevent further issues.
How To Prevent Heatstroke
It’s important to take extra caution to prevent heatstroke on hot summer days. Once a pet has had a heatstroke, they are more likely to have it again, and it may cause health issues down the road. Here are some preventative measures you can take:
- Bring outdoor pets indoors or make sure they have a nice shaded area on hot days.
- Don’t exercise with your pet during the daytime on hot days.
- Provide extra water and add ice to it.
- Never leave your pet in your car on a hot day.
- Limit time on hot concrete.
- Don’t shave your pet’s hair. Trimming is OK, but they need a layer of fur to protect themselves from overheating and sunburn.
Although shaving fur is not recommended to prevent overheating, your pet may benefit from a grooming session. Clean and brushed fur allows for better circulation in the heat, according to the ASPCA.
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