Heat Stroke Prevention Tips for Murrieta Pets?
September is a hot month in Murrieta. Our team in Murrieta offers this information for keeping pets safe from heat stroke from the American Animal Hospital Association:
What are heatstroke signs in pets?
As you enjoy a game of fetch or frisbee with your pooch, keep a close eye on her for overheating signs, such as:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty breathing
- Diarrhea, with or without blood
- Incoordination or stumbling
- Sudden collapse
Act immediately if your pet displays any of these signs. Once your pet begins to overheat, heatstroke progresses quickly.
Ways to prevent heatstroke
Consider the possibility of heatstroke any time the temperature is above 80 degrees or humidity is high, and take these precautions to keep your pet cool:
- Never leave your pet unsupervised outside on hot days. While you are away, keep your pet indoors with air conditioning.
- While outside, ensure your pet has access to fresh water, shade, and shelter away from direct sunlight
- Take your daily walk or jog in the morning before temperatures reach dangerous levels.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. Heat quickly builds to deadly levels in a closed car, even on sunny days that aren’t hot.
- On hot days, keep brachycephalic breeds, elderly and obese pets, and those with heart or lung disease inside your air-conditioned home except for short outdoor bathroom breaks.
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