The Houston SPCA has offered some tips to keep your dog or cat cool and healthy during the hot summer. I am going to recap some of their main points.
HOT CARS/HEATSTROKE: Do not leave your pet unattended in a car for ANY period of time. The temperature inside a car with the window cracked can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. A dog body temperature is normally 100.5 to 102.5 degrees if they get too warm their body temperature continues to rise and if their temperature exceeds 106 they could get heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke may include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue or gums, excessive drooling, lethargy etc. Heat stroke can cause brain damage, seizures and even death.
EXERCISE: On hot days limit your pets jog or walk to the early morning hours so they again do not suffer from heat stroke. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws. I spoke to someone who had a dog die from running during the heat so better safe than sorry.
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