During hot weather, your pets are susceptible just like humans to heat-related illnesses.
The ASPCA provides these tips on protecting your pets during extreme heat:
- Visit the vet for spring or early-summer checkup.
- Give your pets plenty of fresh and clean water.
- Provide shady locations to keep your pets out of the sun.
- Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which includes excessive panting or difficultly breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomit with an elevated body temperature of more than 104 degrees.
- Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
- Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
- Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed.
- Never shave your dog as the layers of dogs’ protect them from overheating.
- Don’t let your pets linger on hot asphalt.