The summer can be a very dangerous time for our pets. Pet safety is something that every pet owner should always be aware of.  ts that are left unattended for just a few minutes can lead to some very dangerous consequences for our furry friends.  Leaving our pets in a parked car when it is 85 degrees Fahrenheit outside can reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 minutes even with the windows slightly opened.  After 30 minutes in the car the temperature can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit which can kill your pet or cause irreversible organ damage.

Dog’s temperature is regulated through panting, and if the respiratory tract does not clear the heat in a timely manner that can lead to heat stroke.  Symptoms of an over-heating dog can include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Bright or dark red tongue
  • Gums become dry and pale
  • Staggering
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Confusion

To prevent your dog from overheating take the following steps

  • Provide plenty of fresh cool drinking water
  • Do not try to make the dog overly active
  • Do not leave dog inside the car
  • Take the dog on walks during a cooler time of day (evening, mornings)
  • Keep the paws and the stomach cool
  • Make sure there is a shady place for your dog to rest
  • Use an AllTuff USA Heat Stress Safety Pad

Summer can also be very dangerous to cats.  Cats protect themselves from heat by panting and licking their fur.  A cat’s body temperature is 100.5 – 102.5 Fahrenheit and if the outside temperature is greater than this, heat stroke is likely.  Signs and Symptoms of a heat stroke for cats include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Bright pink ears
  • Dark red gums or pale gums
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Inability to stand
  • Shaking Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Salivating
  • Vomiting (could have blood in vomit)
  • Diarrhea (could have blood in diarrhea)
  • Coma

To prevent your cat from having a heat stroke take the following steps.

  • Keep the water chilled (use a wide drinking bowl because cats do not like it when whiskers touch the side of the bowl)
  • Replace water at least once a day
  • Keep in the shade
  • DO NOT allow cat into the car
  • Allow your car to choose a cool spot
  • Allow your cat to relax and sleep on a hot day
  • Make you’re your cat has access to shade
  • Brush your cat daily, matted fir can trap heat
  • Cool your cat with damp towels
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