Treating Overheated Pets
In case of an
emergency, it's important to be able to identify the symptoms of
heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. Check the
animal for signs of heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat,
restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of
coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple
tongue, and unconsciousness.
If the animal
shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps to gradually lower her body
temperature immediately. Follow these tips, and it could save her
Move the animal into the shade or
an air-conditioned area.
Apply ice packs or cold towels to
her head, neck, and chest or immerse her in cool (not cold) water.
Let her drink small amounts of cool
water or lick ice cubes.
Take her directly to a
In many states,
it's against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle
in a manner than endangers the health or safety of the animal.
Despite these laws, not to mention a basic common sense that should
guide most pet owners during the summer, companion animals die every
year from heatstroke. The worst part is knowing that each death was
preventable. That's why sharing this information is so important.
Summers, after all, are truly supposed to be carefree.
For more valuable
information visit The Humane Society of the United States website at
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