How to protect your pet in the summer time heat
Its that time of the year, where we hear stories about pets being locked inside a hot car and other heat related issues. Here to answer how to prevent a pet from having a heatstroke is Dr. Tecla Myrick.
Is it ok to leave your pet in parked car?
No, never leave your pets in a parked car. It its very dangerous toleave pets in the car. When the outside temperature is only 85 degress the inside of the car can get to 120 degrees within 10 minutes. this is warm enough to bake cookies. Pets and people can suffere irreversible organ damage and possible death. Florida's humidity can really make it harder for the body to cool down. remeber that not only is it inhumane to do this, it is also unlawful and will get you a fine and possible jail time.
Is it ok to excercise with your pet in the Summer?
it depends on your pet, limit exercise on hot and humid days. Remember that pets are wearing the equivalent of a human sweater or coat. Only go out in the early morning and late evening when the sun isn't up. Short nosed pets such as bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, etc are especially at risk ofgetting over heated because they can't breathe as well. Also, very young and older pets have timeregulating their temperature. Dont forget that the pavement gets blistering hot.
Is it ok to let your pet live out doors?
Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. tree shades and tarps areideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A dog house can be stifling if not well ventilated.
What are the signs to look for if you are worried about your pet getting heatstroke?
Signs of heatstroke can range anywhere from heavy panting, drooling, refusal to walk, temperatures over 103 degrees, lose balance, vomiting, seizures, and eventually death.
What should you do if you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke?
Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. And cool them down with cool water from a hose or in the tub. Offer small amounts of cool water. If they drink too much, they might start vomiting. Call your veterinarion immediately.
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