Our pets are very sensitive to excessive heat, keep them in air conditioning. Not just for their comfort, but also their health. Your pet can get a heat stroke that can be very serious and can lead to kidney failure, brain damage, heart arrhythmia, liver failure, muscle damage, systemic inflammation and excessive blood clotting. Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. Be sure you pay attention to when they are panting and spray the animal with cool water, on their foot pads. Animals should not be immersed in ice or ice-cold water. Cooling the animal too quickly can cause its blood vessels to constrict (peripheral vasoconstriction), which will make it harder to cool down.
What to look for if an animal is having heat stroke:
Cats with open-mouth breathing or panting are showing signs of serious stress and need immediate veterinary care. Panting is never a sign of a cat just trying to cool down.
A pet left in a car parked in the shade with cracked windows.
Limit the exercise in the hottest time of day.
Be very careful if you see a pet having seizures or high fever.
History of heat stroke.
Beware of none shaded areas and warm water. Be sure to give your pet fresh cool water.
Excessive panting or trouble breathing, bright red gums, lethargy, behavior changes, muscle tremors, bruising, decreased urination, bloody stools, vomiting, unconsciousness, etc. are signs of heat stroke.
If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, call your veterinarian.
Early recognition and treatment of heat stroke can mean the difference between life and death.
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