Things That You Should Know About
Protecting Your Pets From The Heat This
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leave your pets in a parked car.
On a warm day,
temperatures inside a vehicle can rise
rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85
degree day, for example, the temperature
inside a car with the windows opened
slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10
minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature
will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may
suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
If you see an animal in distress in a
parked car, contact the nearest animal
shelter or police.
Shade and water are a
Anytime your pet is outside, make sure
he or she has protection from heat and sun
(a doghouse does not provide relief from
heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water.
Heatstroke can be fatal for pets as well as
Limit exercise on hot
Take care when exercising
your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of
exercise in accordance with the temperature.
On very hot days, limit exercise to early
morning or evening hours, and be especially
careful with pets with white-colored ears,
who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and
short-nosed pets who, because of their short
noses, typically have difficulty breathing.
Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your
pets paws, so walk your dog on the grass if
Recognize the signs of
In case of an emergency, its
important to be able to identify the
symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure
to extreme temperatures. When in doubt,
contact your veterinarian immediately. Some
signs of heatstroke are: heavy panting,
glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat,
restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy,
fever, dizziness, lack of coordination,
profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or
purple tongue, and unconsciousness.
If you think your pet
is suffering from heatstroke, act
quickly! Move the animal
into the shade or an air-conditioned
area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to
her head, neck, and chest or run cool
(not cold) water over her. Let her drink
small amounts of cool water or lick ice
cubes. Take her directly to a
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