When temperatures rise, even healthy pets can experience dangerous conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Homeward Pet Adoption Center provides some simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating:
Know the Warning Signs
Overheating can be deadly for pets. You should be aware of the signs of heat stress, which could include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
If your pet does become overheated, you need to immediately lower his body temperature. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually lower his core body temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. Most importantly, get him to a veterinarian immediately.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle – on a mild 73°F day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120°F in 30 minutes. On a 90°F day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160°F in just a few minutes.
When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks to a minimum during these times, too.