Understand the needs of your pets
Every year hundreds of dogs die in hot cars.
Any pet that cannot cool itself off is at risk for heat stroke. The only methods for cooling down are by panting, getting wet or cooling their feet. Normal temperature of dog is 100.4F.
A Dog Suffering from Heat Exhaustion will Display These Signs:
· Excessive and loud panting (the first sign of heat exhaustion is heaving panting).
· Bright red tongue (brick red/very bright tongue and more visible slobber).
· Pale gums
· Warm dry skin around muzzle
· Excessive drooling with thick and sticky saliva
· An anxious expression or staring appearance
· Increased difficulty breathing
· Gums that turn bright red, then blue or purple
· Vomiting (this may also occur during heat exhaustion)
· Depression (shown by minimal movement –no barking)
· Weakness and/or fatigue (dogs may experience weakness in extreme heat)
· Disorientation (dog is unaware of his/her surroundings)
Collapse, Seizures or Coma (most serious
symptoms of heat stroke)
Simple Steps to Avoid Serious Effects of Heat Stroke
· Avoid taking your dog out during the middle of the day in the hot summer months
· Walk dogs only during the morning and evening hours when the temperature is cooler.
· Provide plenty of fresh water at all times.
· Never leave your pet outside, tied up, unattended or in a vehicle during the summer months.