Dog Days of Summer

By: Candice Sorensen Email
By: Candice Sorensen Email

Please remember to monitor your pets during the heat wave the next few days!

It's important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. Check the animal for signs of heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness.

If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps to gradually lower her body temperature immediately. Follow these tips, and it could save her life:

*Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
*Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or
immerse her in cool (not cold) water.
*Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
*Take her directly to a veterinarian.

In many states, it's against the law to leave a pet unattended in a
parked vehicle in a manner than endangers the health or safety of the
animal.


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