This summer is already looking like a hot one, and the 90-degree weather can affect pets as well as humans.
The Animal Care Network, a division of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, has recently encountered dogs and cats suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion in metro Detroit. The non-profit organization offers the following advice for keeping your pets safe during the high heat days this summer.
Tips for keeping your pets cool:
- Heat stroke can happen in as little as 10 minutes
- Avoid vigorous exercise and walking
- Do not leave your pets in your car
- Keep fresh cool water available at all times
- Keep your dog in a shaded area
- Provide a "kiddy" pool for your dogs to cool off in
Signs of heat stroke in pets:
- Increased temperature
- Vigorous panting, thick saliva
- Dark red gums
- Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up
- Collapse and/or loss of consciousness
- Dizziness or disorientation
What to do if you suspect heat stroke in your pet:
- Move your pet out of the heat and away from sun right away
- Go to your local veterinarian immediately
- Begin cooling your pet down slowing by placing cool washcloth or towel on the body, especially foot pads and around the head
- DO NOT use ice or very cool water, only slowly offer cool water, do not force
The above information was provided from the Michigan Animal Adoption Network.