dog-cooling-off-in-hot-weatherAs the Western Hemisphere faces multiple heat advisories this year, it is important that pet owners realize that heat affects more than just people. It also has a tremendous affect on our pets, and they can’t always tell us when they need relief.

Most pets cannot sweat, but rather release heat by panting or through the pads of their feet. This is why heat can be so dangerous for them. Sometimes, they simply cannot pant hard enough to cool off properly.

Like people, pets are prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, especially if they are stuck in a locked car or sent outside without relief for hours on end. Signs that this is occurring include heavy panting, vomiting, a glazed look and staggering. If you notice these  symptoms, start cooling your pet immediately.

How can pet owners prevent your pet from becoming overheated? Make sure that he always has plenty of water, and avoid strenuous activity when it is excessively hot. Provide shelter and shade when the animal must be outdoors in the heat. Finally, never leave a pet alone in a car, even if the outside temperature does not seem too hot, because cars can heat up quickly when they are not running.

Remember, your pets rely on you to help them stay cool when the temperatures heat up.
Learn what to watch for, and take the necessary steps to prevent heat sickness. If you do,
then the two of you can enjoy a relaxing summer together.

From the pet friendly tip desk at

Hot weather can kill your pet. Take extra precautions.,

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