Ahhhh, summer is finally right around the corner. Rain, snow, and cold weather should soon be a distant memory. But summer heat can be dangerous for your pet.
In one of our recent training meetings, we learned about how to deal with heat stroke. Here are the most common causes of heat stroke:
1. Leaving your pet in a car without adequate ventilation. Even when it’s 80 degrees outside, it can be well over 100 degrees inside a car. In just a few minutes, your pet’s body temperature can jump to a dangerous level.
- Leaving your pet in the yard without shade or water on a hot day, or excessive play or exercise can also be a problem. In Hampton Roads, when the temperatures reach the 90’s, be sure to only take your pet outside for brief periods of times. Plan walks and exercise for early in the morning or late evening when it’s a little cooler.
- Being exposed to a hair dryer for long periods of time. Be sure your grooming facility has air conditioning and that they don’t leave the dryer on the pet for long periods of time.
- Use a muzzle only when needed. Sometimes a dog has to be muzzled, but this makes a dog unable to pant. Because dogs don’t sweat, they cool down by panting. Use a muzzle only when needed and don’t leave it on your pet all day.
- Be especially careful with flat-faced dogs. Some breeds, such as Pugs and Pekingese, cannot spend as much time out in the heat as other dogs. Consider these things when adopting your next pet or if you already have one in your family.
If you suspect your pet has been exposed to too much heat, you may have a medical emergency. Get your pet into your home and call us right away at (757) 898-8433.