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If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet

07/07/2020 2:57 PM | Anonymous

Hot weather can be dangerous for our pets. The American Red Cross offers these tips you can follow to help keep your pets safe when the temperatures rise:

  1. Don’t leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes even with the windows open.
  2. Animals can suffer heat stroke, a common problem for pets in the warmer weather, especially dogs with short noses, heavy fur coats, respiratory problems, or who are overweight.
  3. Some of the signs of heat stroke in your pet are:
    • Heavy panting and unable to calm down, even when lying down;
    • Brick red gum color;
    • Fast pulse rate; and
    • He or she is unable to get up.
  4. If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally.
    • If the temperature is above 105 degrees, cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees.
    •  Bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.
Pet owners can download the free Red Cross Pet First Aid app for step-by-step instructions for first aid emergencies, a pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information, early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian and an animal hospital locator. redcross.org/apps.

You can also take the Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online. 

Read more about pet safety from Red Cross


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