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Posted on 05-21-2012
Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic offers many pet services to keep pets healthy, but we also believe in providing information to keep pets from becoming ill in the first place. With summer approaching, here are tips from our animal hospital to help avoid heatstroke:
1. Think of your pet as a small child and act accordingly: Some pet owners believe pets are different than people and don't think things through properly when it comes to taking care of them. If you think of your pet as a small child, you're more likely to take protective actions to prevent harm. For example, you wouldn't leave your small child in a locked car or out in the sun on a hot day, so don't do it to your pet.
2. Always have plenty of water available: Provide plenty of cool drinking water whenever your pet is outside. If you take a walk or exercise with your pets, have extra water just for them.
3. Think about the amount of exercise you're giving your pet: Many pets just want to please their owners and will do what they are asked, even if it is hurting them. Take care not to exercise your pet to the point of exhaustion, and try to make sure any exercise is performed early in the morning or later in the evening, when the temperatures may be cooler.
Certain breeds, such as those with shorter noses, are even more susceptible to heat and you'll need to watch them very closely.
If your pet is showing symptoms such as heavy panting, excessive lethargy, thick saliva, or disorientation, he may be suffering from heatstroke. Move your pet out of the heat and place cool rags around his feet and head. Call our animal hospital immediately for further instructions from our veterinarians. You can get answers from the pet services staff at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, "Where quality care and excellent customer service go paw in hand."
What questions do you have about how heatstroke could affect your pets this summer?
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