The heat wave we are currently in is not only rough on our flowers, but on us and our pets as well. Animals can suffer from heat stroke much more quickly than we do because they don’t sweat like we do. It is harder for them to cool their bodies down and this makes them very vulnerable to the heat.

 The heat wave we are currently in is not only rough on our flowers, but on us and our pets as well. Animals can suffer from heat stroke much more quickly than we do because they don’t sweat like we do. It is harder for them to cool their bodies down and this makes them very vulnerable to the heat.

Keeping your pets indoors during the hot weather is the best way to prevent heat stroke. Animals need plenty of fresh cool water to drink and a place that is not only out of the sun but out of the heat. If your pet has a particularly long or heavy coat, consider having it groomed so the coat will be shorter for the long, hot summer.

Please leave your pet at home when you run to the store. Traveling in a hot car is stressful enough, but a pet left in a hot car can quickly succumb to the heat and die.

Older animals, animals with heart and lung issues, and animals with short noses are at greater risk of heat stroke. Too much activity can also cause heat stroke. Animals don’t realize that they are getting too hot because they are having too much fun playing. The human has to be the parent and make the animal take a break and rest.

Signs of heat stroke include: Body temperatures of 104-110 degrees; excessive panting; dark or bright red tongue and gums; sticky or dry tongue and gums; staggering; stupor; seizures; and bloody diarrhea or vomiting.

If you think your pet may be suffering from a heat stroke seek veterinary attention immediately!

On the way to the hospital help your pet cool down by applying cool wet towels to the animal’s head and feet. Do not assume this will solve the problem because there is a hidden killer in heat stroke. DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation) is a complication that can occur in heat stroke victims. DIC is a condition where blood clots develop in the blood vessels disrupting blood flow to the organs in the body resulting in death.

Please keep your pets in a cool place so they will be comfortable and safe from the heat. Each summer many animals suffer terribly and die of heat stroke. Don’t let your animal be one of them!

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