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Heat Tips From The Spokane Humane Society

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SPOKANE, Wash. - It's going to be HOT today, and your pets can heat up as well! Here are some tips from the Spokane Humane Society for distinguishing heat stroke and what to do if your pet has heat stroke.

There are many reasons why dogs can become dangerously overheated. Dogs have sweat glands only on the pads of their feet and cool themselves primarily by panting. When the air is hot and humid, they cannot rid themselves of excess heat efficiently. Short-nosed breeds or flat-faced animals like Persian cats, Pugs and Bulldogs are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

 Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Once a dog's body temperature gets over 104 degrees, the animal can suffer from heat stroke possibly leading to death if not promptly identified and treated; it can happen fast, within a matter of minutes! Recognizing the signs of heatstroke can help save your animals life.

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Body temperatures of 104-110F degrees (101 is normal)
  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Drooling, mild weakness or staggering, collapse or seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea or vomiting, coma, death

If you suspect heat stroke in your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately and:

  • Get them out of the heat and into the shade
  • Wet the dog down with cool water, use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet
  • Offer small amounts of water to drink
  • Transport to the Vet immediately; use air conditioning or open windows to increase air circulation

You can help keep your pet safe by following these simple tips:

  • Leave them at home and when the weather's extremely hot, keep your pets indoors.
  • Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places to cool off
  • Limit physical exertion during the heat of the day
  • Keep breeds at risk, very old or young dogs, or dogs with health conditions indoors  

 The inside of a car in hot weather can rapidly become an oven. Even if it is a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the inside of a car can quickly rise to over 100 degrees. If you see an animal inside a car you are urged to call SCRAPS at 477-2532 or Spokanimal at 534-8133

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