Summer is a wonderful time to get outside and play, but even moderately warm days can be dangerous for your pet. Thanks to their fur coats, our pets heat up much more quickly and can experience heat stroke in a short time, especially on humid days. While it might seem like a no-brainer, it’s essential that your pet have easy access to fresh, cool water and lots of shade during the balmy summer months. They can’t get their own water or tell us when they’re feeling too hot, so it’s our responsibility to keep them comfortable and safe.
Never Leave Your Pet in a Parked Vehicle
We cannot say it enough—don’t leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle! Even if it’s 15 degrees outside, the inside of your car can still get quite hot. On a 21-degree day, the inside of your car can heat up to 31 degrees in just 10 minutes! If your pet doesn’t need to accompany you on your errands, leave them home.
Signs of Heat Stroke
Your pet can begin experiencing moderate heat stroke when their body temperature reaches 40 degrees. The average body temperature for our pets is between 37 and 39 degrees. If your pet has spent some time outside on a hot day, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Bright red gums
- Rapid and/or irregular heart beat
- Black, tarry stool
- Muscle tremors
If you suspect your pet is having any of these symptoms, please call us immediately at (705) 325-4224.