Our pets struggle to keep cool during the hot summer months, and overheating can cause very serious health issues. For example, heat stroke can lead to organ failure or even death if not treated quickly enough. Make sure you take necessary precautions to protect your dog or cat this summer.
- Always have plenty of fresh, clean water available to your pet.
- Never leave your pet alone in the car on warm days. Vehicle interiors heat up very quickly, and temperatures inside cars can soar as high as 160°F within minutes, even on mild days.
- Do not over-exercise your pet. Outdoor activity is more taxing on your pet’s body when the weather is warm.
- When possible on hot days, keep pets indoors in cool, air-conditioned areas.
- Do not shave your pet. Our pets’ coats are an important part of their natural cooling systems, as their coats protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays, prevent overheating and sunburn.
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting (short, shallow breaths), increased heart rate and drooling. In advanced cases, symptoms can include seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, please contact Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital immediately by calling (503) 427-9148. We will advise you on how to proceed.