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Tips in warm weather for your pets!


General Advice:

Short nosed dogs (aka brachycephalic breeds) make sure not to walk or have outside in the middle of the day. Stick to early morning or evening since they are at higher risk to overheat. Some pets at more risk include: short nosed, long-haired and young ones.


0190520001594154206.jpgFrench bulldogs have short noses and are more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Photo courtesy Allison C. Hanes.

0433319001594154229.jpgAnother brachycephalic breed is the bulldog. Photo courtesy Allison C. Hanes. 


Signs of Heat Stroke (> 15 minutes):

  • Heavy panting , difficulty breathing, excessive thirst

  • Bright red tongue and mucus membranes which turn grey as shock sets in

  • Thick saliva drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea

  • Unsteadiness and staggering

  • Lethargy


Temperature:

107-109 degrees Fahrenheit = Heat Stroke

104 degrees Fahrenheit = Heat Exhaustion

100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit = Normal


Merlin came in with a temperature of 105 degrees. We administered 600ml of subcutaneous fluids and gave him ice packs.Merlin came in with a temperature of 105 degrees. We administered 600ml of subcutaneous fluids and gave him ice packs. Photo courtesy Allison C. Hanes.


If you pet is overheated:

  • Use ice packs

  • Fan

  • Turn up the AC

  • Wet paw pads and ears with alcohol

  • Bring them into the vet


0442881001594154262.jpgPay special attention to dogs with thick coats and you may want to consider a haircut in spring and summer. Photo courtesy Allison C. Hanes.


At vet:

Depending on severity they will get subcutaneous fluids or intravenous fluids as well as oxygen


Do Do’s:

  • Walk you dog very early in the morning or in the evening at cooler times     

  • Provide plenty of water to your pets - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

  • Bring a collapsible water dish when walking your dog

  • Get to the groomers

  • Practice water safety

  • Use tick and flea preventatives


Don’t:

  • Avoid walks and playtime outside in peak warm weather times of the day

  • Avoid the pavement

  • Keep out of hot cars and never leave your dog in a car with windows closed


Stay safe and stay cool!


0275521001594153383.jpgMake sure to hydrate and keep your pet in shade as much as possible. Photo courtesy Allison C. Hanes.

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