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PETS AND SUMMER HEAT DANGERS


Summer Heat can be tough on our animals!


It is important to remember a few things when it comes to keeping your pets safe in the summer, especially in your hot climates like Arizona!

First off, dogs do not sweat. Their only means to cooling off is by panting. 



 


If panting does not reduce the body temperature he will develop Heat Stroke. The longer coat your dog has, the more heat it holds. You can clip your dog's hair coat short, but not too short as they can also get sun burn as well as it acts as an insulator.

The color of your dogs coat also has an impact on his ability to reflect the sun's rays. Black dogs of course, absorb more of the sun's rays than lighter colored coats

What triggers Heat Exhaustion?
·         age and condition of pet (overweight, geriatric)

·         breed

·         hair coat
·         climate
The older dog, the younger dog and the short muzzled (brachycephalic) are among the highest at risk.



Short muzzled dogs include the Boxer, the Boston Terrier, Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Pekingese, Shihtzus, Lhasas, Pugs,
and many more.
 If you own a short muzzled dog, please be very careful as to how long they are outside! These dogs should remain indoor pets in the heat!

Heat Exhaustion can happen while you are out on a walk or in your own backyard. Puppies can run around in the back yard playing hard and not even realize they are already over exerting and over heating. Our Senior pets might be too fragile to make it back inside if left out too long. Even a doggie door won't help in these situations if the pet becomes overheated and collapses far away from the door.

The old saying is:


"If the sidewalk is too hot for your feet, then it's too hot for your pet's. “



What are the first signs of Heat Exhaustion?             

Excessive Panting

Rapid Breathing

The skin on the inside of the ears becomes flushed and red.


Heat Exhaustion can quickly turn into Heat Stroke as indicated by the following:

Weakness

Staggering

Muscle Tremors

Fainting and/or loss of consciousness


If your pet shows any of the signs above, you will need to try to cool him down rapidly but NOT with Ice cold water, just cool water! You can do this by draping wet towels over him or applying icepacks wrapped in a towel to the head and face.


You can hose your dog down with cool water by using the garden hose. Transport your pet to the nearest Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible.


In the heat of the summer limit your dog's time outside. Be sure to provide shade and have available a constant water supply. Water bowls can tip!Shade still gets hot!


Some dogs like to ride in cars, but don't, even for a second, leave your dog in a parked car in the Arizona summertime! Please! You will cook your beloved pet! It only takes 15 seconds before temperatures start to climb!
Dogs become panicked and distressed which can lead to quick breathing difficulties!



Not only are dogs susceptible but cats are too. Cats have been known to be snoopy when outside. Sneaking into opened garage doors, opened shed doors and more.






Please have a great summer this year but please also keep your pets in mind with our heat!


Keep Pets Cool!




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