The temperatures have been on the rise here in the CSRA, not only are the temperatures uncomfortable to us but also our pets.
Please do not leave your pet in a parked car, while you run into the store, the temperature in a car can rise to dangerously high temperatures in just minutes, which can cause irreversible health issues and even death.
Also if you like to exercise and your dog is your partner, please make sure to do it first thing in the morning or late in the evening, the asphalt that your walking or jogging on does get very hot and can burn your pet’s pads. Just as you keep hydrated while you’re working out, make sure you keep you keep your pet hydrated as well.
Some signs of heatstroke are, heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, unconsciousness and temperature of 104 or higher. Dogs with pushed in noses such as pugs, and bull dogs have a hard time breathing in the heat, so please make sure that you watch your pets when they go out to take a potty break and if they are outside, make sure they have plenty of shade and water.
If you think your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, make sure to move your pet into the house and apply cold towels to the head and chest area and take them immediately to your veterinarian.
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