Friday, July 20, 2007

Take Precautions for Pets in Summer Heat

these beautiful dogs need a forever home where they are treated like royalty TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the windows are open. Even on a moderately warm day, the temperature in the car can climb to fatally high levels in a matter of minutes. Dogs and cats do not perspire; they are left "panting" for air that is so hot it brings them no relief. Never leave your pet without proper food, water or shelter. Think hard about your pet's access to these three necessities, during both your presence and your absence. Remember that your pet is wearing a fur coat, and they can suffer from the effects of heat stroke very quickly. Do not walk or exercise your animal in the afternoon heat. We advise dogs and other animals be walked or exercised in the early morning or later in the evening. The heat will cause premature exhaustion and the hot pavement can damage the soft padding on dog's paws. Signs that an animal is suffering from heat stroke include: excessive panting and salivation glassy staring high pulse rate dizziness vomiting If an animal is suffering from heat stroke, they require immediate veterinary attention. Immediate first aid action may include applying ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest.

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