The early temperature spikes aren’t giving us or our pets time to acclimatize to the early onslaught of high summer temperatures.
It’s time to become aware of signals that your pet is overheating.
Signs includes bright red gums, excessive panting, drooling, increased heart and respiratory rate, mild weakness and bloody diarrhea or vomiting.
Animals that are highly prone to overheating and heatstroke include flat faced dogs and cats like Pugs and Persians, elderly and overweight pets and black dogs.
Of course, there are many precautions you can take to take the extreme heat out of summer for your pets.
Make sure they always have access to fresh water; when outdoors, pets should have access to shade; exercise should be limited to mornings and evenings; and pets should never be left in a parked car – even for a few minutes.
Also, lingering on hot asphalt is not a good idea because of your buddy’s close proximity to the ground. And, be aware of paw pad burns from hot surfaces.
A short clip is a good idea for long-haired dogs, but shaving should be avoided since their coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.
And, frozen treats to nibble on are appreciated!
If you suspect overheating or heatstroke, contact us immediately. We’re always on call for you. 208-726-7777.