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Is It Too Hot For My Pet? 

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Summer brings about an abundance of sunshine and outdoor activities, but with the rising temperatures, it’s crucial to ensure our furry friends remain cool and comfortable. At Blue Lake Animal Hospital, we understand the joy of spending time outdoors with your pets during these warm months. However, the risk of heat illnesses is a serious concern that pet owners must be aware of, whether it’s for dogs, cats or any animal enjoying the summer sun. Our team of experienced veterinarians is dedicated to helping you keep your pet safe from the dangers of excessive heat.

Recognizing the Risks

Heat-related illnesses can occur quite rapidly in pets, given their different methods of cooling down compared to humans. While we can sweat freely, dogs, for instance, rely heavily on panting and have only a minimal ability to sweat through the pads of their feet. This difference makes them particularly susceptible to overheating and heat stroke, conditions that can escalate quickly and potentially become fatal.

Signs It’s Too Hot For Your Pet

Determining if it’s too hot for your pet involves watching out for several indicators. Firstly, if the outdoor temperature feels uncomfortable to you, it’s likely too hot for your pet as well. Specific temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit pose significant risks, and even temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees can be dangerous if pets are left outside without access to shade and water.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Be vigilant for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in your pets, which can include:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse
  • Seizures
  • Elevated body temperature of over 104º F

Immediate Actions

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion or a heat stroke, immediate action is critical. Move them to a cooler environment, apply cool (not cold) water to their body, and contact a veterinarian promptly. Remember, heat stroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent severe complications or death.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cool

Preventing heat illnesses begins with being prepared and understanding the risks. Here are several tips to ensure your pet stays cool and healthy throughout the summer:

  • Timing Is Everything: Choose the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, for walks and vigorous play.
  • Hydration: Always ensure your pet has access to fresh, cool water.
  • Shade and Shelter: Make sure there’s always a shaded or air-conditioned space available for your pet.
  • Cooling Products: Consider products such as cooling vests for dogs, and protective paw wear to prevent burns from hot pavement.
  • Never Leave Pets in Cars: Even with windows cracked, temperatures inside a car can skyrocket within minutes, leading to fatal conditions.

Call a Veterinarian For More Information

Our beloved pets rely on us to recognize when the heat is just too much for them to handle. By staying informed, watching for signs of discomfort or illness, and taking preventive measures, we can ensure they enjoy the summer just as much as we do.

Should you ever be concerned about your pet’s well-being in the heat or need advice on how to protect them, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to support you and your pet through every season of the year, ensuring they remain happy, healthy and cool, no matter the temperature outside.

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