PETS AND HEAT DON’T MIX – What To Do During Hotspells

People seem to forget that the inside of a car is not the only dangerous place to leave a defenseless animal! Any pet left alone without shade or water is also at risk.

Puppies and kittens, along with adult pets that are older, large, overweight or on medication are at the highest risk of all.  Do you know how to keep your pets safe during a hotspell?

What To Do During Hotspells

  • The normal body temperature for a dog is 101 to 102 degrees.
  • A 3-degree rise can put a dog into a dangerous situation and increase its need for oxygen.
  • At 108 degrees the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and intestinal tracts begin to break down.
  • Don’t leave your dog or cat in a car.
  • Make sure that your pets have plenty of water and shade.
  • If you believe that your pet is overheating bring it into air conditioning. You can immerse it in cool (not cold) water and give it “sips” of water.  If necessary, immediately take your dog to your veterinarian.

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