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June is Pet Preparedness Month: Tips to prevent heat stroke

06/09/2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous

Summer heat can be dangerous for pets.  Red Cross has some tips to keep your pets safe this summer.  

  1. Don't leave you pets in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes to run into the storr, post office or bank.  Even with the windows cracked open, the interior temperature can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  2. Animals can also suffer heat stroke.  Dogs with short noses or snouts, like a boxer or bulldog, overweight dogs, dogs with heavy coats, older odgs, and dogs with respiratry issues are particularily prone to heat stroke.
  3. Signs of heat stroke in your pet include:
    -Heavy panting and unable to calm down, even when lying down
    -Brick-red gum color
    -Fast pulse rate
    -Unable to get up
  4. If you suspect heat stoke, take your pets temperature rectally.
    -If temp is above 105 degrees, cool your pet down. You can hose them down with the garden hose or get them into cool water in the tub or shower until their temp is down to 103 degrees.
    -Bring your pet to the vet asap because heat stroke can cause organ dysfuntion and failure.

For more Summer Safety Pet Tips check out this article at redcross.org

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