Pets have a difficult time staying cool during the hot summer months. This means they are at an 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.
- Do not shave or trim your pet. Their coat is an important part of their natural cooling system, keeping the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating to the skin, causing overheating and sunburn.
Overheating Warning Signs
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting (short, shallow breaths), increased heart rate, drooling, and in advanced cases, seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If you observe these symptoms, please contact Pet Medical Center of Edmond immediately at 405-348-6580, we will advise you on how to best proceed.