Pets have a difficult time staying cool during the hot summer months. This means they are at increased risk of dehydration and heat stroke. As an owner, it is important you take the necessary precautions to ensure your cat or dog is safe this summer.
- Always have abundant fresh, clean water readily accessible to your pet.
- Never leave your pet in a hot car. Vehicle interiors can soar to nearly 160°F on an average summer day, quickly overheating your pet to fatal temperatures.
- Do not over-exercise your pet. Outdoor activity in the summer months is more taxing than during cooler times of the year. Pets are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration after even moderate exercise.
- When possible, keep pets indoors, in a cool, air-conditioned area.
Overheating Warning Signs
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting (short, shallow breaths), increase heart rate, drooling, and in advanced cases, seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If you observe these symptoms, please contact Antioch Veterinary Hospital immediately; we will advise you on how to best proceed.