Oscar here. As I sit writing from my air conditioned perch, grateful for my indoor-cat status, I think about how lucky I am to not have to suffer through this oppressive heat. All day long, I see people walking in and out of the office with shirts stuck to their back, mopping their brows, pretty much melting in front of my very eyes. This weather reminds me of the post I wrote last year about the importance of keeping your pets cool when its hot out and, the fact that a refresher course was likely in order.
First off, while out and about in this weather, youd have a hard time keeping track of the seemingly never-ending presence of English and French bulldogs, brussels griffons and pugs. These days, flat-faced dog breeds are as prevalent in the streets of Brooklyn as babies and hipsters.
Aside from being admittedly adorable, these dogs suffer even more than you probably do in the heat. So pay extra attention if youve jumped onto this trendy bandwagon because your dogs are even more susceptible to heat troubles. That said, dogs in general have a harder time cooling down than humans do because they dont sweat. But I digress. The point of this is that since they cant speak, it may be hard to know when theyre overheating. So when the temperature rises, keep on the lookout for:
- Congested mucus membranes
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pounding pulses
- In advanced cases, you may even see your pet vomiting, coughing up blood, bloody stool and skin bruises
If you notice any of these signs, help your pooch cool off by spraying them with water and then bring them into the office if any of the symptoms persist.
If its hot out for you, its worse for your pets so keep close watch to keep them safe.
Til next time,