Preventing Heat Stroke

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As the temperature gets warmer we need to worry about our friends in their fur coats. Heat Stroke can be deadly for pets and while it may seem mild to you, your pet could still be at risk.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
• Panting
• Dehydration
• Excessive drooling
• Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
• Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
• Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
• Rapid heart rate
• Irregular heart beats
• sudden breathing distress
• Vomiting blood Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
• Black, tarry stools
• Death of liver cells
• Changes in mental status
• Seizures
• Muscle tremors
• Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement
• Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened

There are ways you can keep your pets cool on hot days:
• Keep your pet indoors on high index heat days. If you leave the house keep the AC or a fan on so it is a
comfortable temperature for your pet.
• When your pet is outside make sure they have shelter from the sun. The lower temperature in the shade can make all the difference.
• Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh and cool water to drink. Dehydration is more likely in the hot weather.
• Fill a kiddie pool with water to give your pets a nice cooling dip.
• Freeze pet friendly snacks in an ice tray, your pet will enjoy the treat!
• Limit daytime activity, walk your dog early in the morning or after the sun goes down.