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July 21, 2014
Today’s temperatures are expected to reach the 90’s so it’s important to remember that heat and humidity can be dangerous for all living creatures including our pets. Hot temperatures can be very dangerous for our four-legged friends. They can succumb to heat stroke, dehydration and even get sunburned – all of which can be prevented. Follow these tips to keep your dog safe:
By the time your dog is exhibiting the first symptoms of overheating, he’s already experiencing discomfort. The signs of heat stroke are: excessive panting or drooling, anxious or staring expression, fast pulse rate and high body temp which can lead to vomiting, staggering gait, non-responsiveness and collapse. As soon as you see any of these signs, put cool water on their legs (running water or by standing in a kiddie pool) which will slowly and safely lower their body temperature. Avoid covering their whole body in really cold water which can actually cause additional problems. Then get your pet to a veterinarian immediately.