We're all feeling the heat these days and even though it's welcome after the long, wet winter and spring we've had it can create dangerous situations for your pets. Dr. Liam Bisson of Shelburne Veterinary Hospital offers some tips for pet owners to make sure their four-legged family members stay safe in the sweltering heat.
If you keep your dogs in the back yard while you're at work, you must provide water and shade.
Do not leave your dogs in the car for any period of time.
Try to walk, run or hike with your dog in the morning and/or evening when it's cooler and the sun isn't at its peak.
Recognize the signs of heat stress in dogs: excessive panting, dark red gums, disorientation, inability or unwillingness to move, and thick saliva. 104 -105 degrees is the critical temperature for dogs. Treat by removing from heat and place
Treat heat stress by first removing the dog from the heat and place them in front of a fan with cool wet towels on dog. When their temperature goes down to 103 degrees, stop cooling. Do not use ice or ice cold water as it constricts peripheral blood vessels and will prevent heat loss. Also make sure to consult with your veterinarian.
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