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Keep Your Pets Cool

Keep your pets safe with these tips to prevent, identify, and respond to heatstroke.

Prevent Heatstroke

  1. Shade and water are musts. Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a doghouse alone does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people.
  2. Limit exercise on hot days. Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears that are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws.
  3. Recognize the signs of heatstroke. In case of an emergency, it's important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy, fever, or dizziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Deep red or purple tongue
  • Unconsciousness

Heatstroke: What to Do

If your pet shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps immediately to gradually lower his or her body temperature and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Follow these tips, and it could save your pet's life:

  1. Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  2. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet's head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over your pet.
  3. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  4. Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.