Heat Stroke Safety
Serious summer heat is has hit SoCal! Many animals—especially those who spend a lot of time outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we humans can.
- Here are some tips for keeping your fur-covered friend safe when the weather is warm:
- Never leave your pet in the car on warm, or even sunny, summer days. Even with a window cracked on a 70-degrees day, the interior of your car can reach 100 degrees in as little as 20 minutes.
- Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put the back of your palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch’s paws.
- Do not shave or trim your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system, as it insulates and protects the skin from the sun.
- Always provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water if your pup spends time in the yard.
- If you’re thirsty when you’re walking your dog, your dog is probably thirsty too, so don’t forget to bring along a bottle for him.
- Be aware of how long your pup is outside and consider shorter walks in extremely hot weather.
Symptoms of overheating include:
– excessive panting
– increased heart rate
can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call us immediately.