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Posted on 07-19-2018

Pet tips: Keep Your Pet Safe from Heat Stress

As the weather warms up, pet parents need to be sure that they are paying close attention to how their pets are reacting to the increase in temperatures. Heat stress is a major problem that can claim the life of a pet if it isn’t handled properly. In all cases, prevention is the best option.

dog cooling down in a lake

Signs of Heat Stress

Heat stress starts out with a pet salivating excessively and panting. Your pet might become weak and collapse. This condition can also lead to diarrhea and vomiting. You might notice that the eyes, tongue, and mouth of the pet are bright red. On pets that have a light fur color, you might notice that their skin is red.

As the condition progresses, the body’s systems might begin to shut down. Shock can occur as the blood vessels dilate due to heat retention.

Preventing Heat Stress

Don’t leave your pet out in the heat. One mistake that many pet parents make is leaving their pet in a vehicle. Even if you are only going into a place for a few minutes, your pet can be subjected to deadly temperatures that can cause heat stroke.

Limit the time your pet spends outside when it is hot. Try to walk your dogs early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler. If possible, stick to areas where it is shaded. Be sure to have plenty of cool water, even iced water, when you exercise your pet in the heat.

If you notice that your pet is overheating, you need to get him cooled off quickly. Bring your pet to a cooler area. Placing a towel that you wet with cool water on your pet; even if you think they are fine after the episode, you should still get him checked out by a veterinarian.

Have a Pet Emergency?

Nothing is scarier than seeing your pet suffer and struggle to live. Give us a call at (408) 972-2000 for assistance. Our San Jose veterinarians can help you help your pet!

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