July 2015 Tip – Keep Cool!

Signs of Heat Stroke 3-1

Heatstroke can impair or kill your pet. Knowing the symptoms can help!

As we enter the hottest part of summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets to make sure they are not overheating. Heatstroke is not a mere inconvenience. It can lead to damage to the brain, liver, heart, and nervous system. Conditions that increase the risk of heat stroke include leaving pets in a hot vehicle, humid conditions, lack of drinking water, obesity, and overexertion.  According to Dr. Karen Becker, symptoms of overheating include:

  • Heavy panting or rapid breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting, bloody diarrhea
  • Bright or dark red tongue or gums
  • Staggering, stumbling
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Weakness, collapse
  • Increased pulse and heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Excessive drooling
  • Unconsciousness

Go to http://goo.gl/Vo9JCF to read more about heatstroke.Signs of Heat Stroke 4-1

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