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Best Friends Animal Society Helps Pets Safe in the Summer Heat
Date:7/15/2014

(PRWEB) July 15, 2014

It’s hard to beat the heat this time of year even with easy access to air conditioning, icy drinks and refreshing swimming pools. Imagine how dogs and cats feel in the sweltering summer when they’re dependent on people for protection from the high temperatures and the sun’s sizzling rays.

“Heat stroke can occur when an animal’s temperature rises to a critical level,” said Dr. Michael Dix, medical director for Best Friends Animal Society. “Normal body temperatures for dogs and cats range from 100 to 102.5 degrees. When a dog’s temperature rises to 108 degrees, or a cat’s to 106 degrees, they can suffer irreparable organ damage and even die.”

According to Dix, signs of heat stroke include heavy panting that does not resolve as the pet rests, increasing distress, a tongue color that is dark red to almost purple, weakness or collapse, hyper-salivation, vomiting and labored breathing.

If it appears a dog or cat might be suffering from heat stroke he should be moved to a cooler environment immediately and cool water should be applied to the abdomen, ears and footpads. It's not safe to pour ice water over the whole animal, submerge him in a tub of cold water or cover him in a cold, wet blanket. Once he is stable, he should be taken to a vet as quickly as possible, even if he seems to be cooling down and his temperature seems normal. Things may be happening on the inside that are not obvious from the outside.

A variety of situations like the extreme heat of a parked car, going for mid-day walks or simply being in a yard with no shade can contribute to an animal overheating. Best Friends Animal Society recommends taking a few simple precautions to keep dogs and cats healthy and comfortable as the mercury rises.

  •     Keep pets indoors during the day. It may sound obvious but it’s hottest outside when the sun is up. Quick wal
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