Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer Pet Tips: Heat Stress

During the summer months and vacation season, our pets can be exposed to special conditions such as heat, fleas/ticks, heartworms, bug bites/stings, and increased traveling. By following these simple tips, you can help keep your pet(s) safe this summer.

This post will start with heat stress: how to prevent it, how to spot the symptoms, and how to treat it.

Any pet can suffer from heat stress; however, some pets are particularly susceptible:

-          very young and very old pets
-          pets with a previous history of hear stress
-          pets with cardiovascular or respiratory disorders
-          short-nosed breeds
-          overweight pets

Help prevent heat stress by:

-          providing plenty of clean, fresh water at all times
-          providing shade cover when pets are outside
-          providing adequate ventilation and air circulation when pets are kept in kennels or pens
-          avoiding excessive exercise of pets during hot weather
-          NEVER leaving a pet in a parked vehicle

Signs of heat stress:

-          profuse panting and salivation
-          staring or an anxious expression
-          failure to respond to commands
-          warm, dry skin
-          high fever and/or rapid heartbeat
-          fatigue, muscular weakness or collapse

Treatment of heat stress in pets:

-          first, try to reduce your pet’s temperature by gradually immersing him/her in cool water, spraying him/her with cool water, or by applying ice packs to his/her head and neck
-          then, take your pet to your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

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