Pets have a difficult time staying cool during the hot summer months. This means they are at an increased risk of heat stoke. As an owner, it is important you take the necessary precautions to ensure your cat or dog is safe this summer. Certain types of dogs and cats are at an increased risk of heatstroke such as Brachiocephalic breeds (animals with short faces like pugs, bulldogs, and persians), animals with heart or respiratory disease, and pets that are obese or geriatric.
- Always have abundant fresh, clean water readily accessible to your pet.
- Never leave your pet in a hot car. Vehicle interiors can soar to nearly 160°F on an average summer day, quickly overheating your pet to fatal temperatures.
- Do not over-exercise your pet. Outdoor activity in the summer months is more taxing than during cooler times of the year. Pets are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration after even moderate exercise. Time walks and exercise during cooler times of the day.
- When possible, keep pets indoors, in a cool, air-conditioned area. If outside, make sure there is shade to get your pets out of the hot sun.
Overheating Warning Signs
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and depression. In severe cases animals may have seizures, bloody diarrhea and may collapse. If you observe these symptoms, please seek veterinary care immediately.