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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer heat is dangerous for dogs

Pets Best Insurance cautions pet owners to keep animals safe in the summer heat.

Pets Best lists several warning signs of heat stroke among dogs, including:
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Bright red gums
  • Seizures
  • Collapsing
More information from a Pets Best news release:
Among the most common and dangerous risks for canines is heat stroke, which occurs when a dog’s body temperature exceeds 106 degrees and it faces potential damage to the brain and other organs. Fair-skinned and short-coated white dogs are also highly susceptible to excessive sun exposure, which can lead to sun burn and skin cancer.

Many pet owners are likely unaware of how quickly heat stroke and other heat-related issues can occur in canines. The risks are especially high if a dog is left inside a car, even on days with mild temperatures. On a seemingly cool summer day of 68 degrees, the temperature inside a car can jump to 81 degrees within a mere 10 minutes. After an hour, the temperature inside the car can reach 115 degrees, a deadly level for dogs.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, Pets Best recommends avoiding outdoor activities during the middle of the day, when temperatures peak. It is also important to ensure dogs have access to shade and water while they enjoy the outdoors. If a dog is showing signs of heat stroke, pet owners should immediately move the dog to an air-conditioned area and seek veterinary care.

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