Signs of Heat Exhaustion and How To Keep Your Pets Healthy as Temperatures Rise
As temperatures rise across the nation, doctors from Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group, are warning pet owners of the dangers that summer temperatures can have on their beloved pet.
According to Dr. Brett Levitzke, the founder and medical director of VERG, every dog, regardless of physical fitness, age, size or breed can suffer from heat related illness. Heat-related death of a pet is completely preventable, and it is important for pet owners to understand what steps to take to safeguard their pets during summer months.
Veterinarians at VERG recommend pet owners to remain cognoscente of the unique physical limitations of their pets. Leaving pets outside for long lengths of time, engaging in strenuous physical activity or locking pets in a hot car can all be severely detrimental during hot days. It is critical to always make sure your pets have access to plenty of water.
“Many pet owners are aware of the danger summer months can pose to their pet’s health. However, most are not familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion or what to do in the event their pet becomes ill,” said Levitzke.
“It is important for pet owners to always be mindful of their pet’s health when outside or in hot areas and never leave them in a potentially compromising situation without water or safe airflow.”
Your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion if they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Frequent Vomiting
- Excessive panting and/or distressed breathing
- Extreme thirst
- Increased heart rate
- Weakness and/or fatigue
- Thickened saliva
If your pet displays any of these signs, try to help cool them down with cool water and then immediately rush them to the nearest veterinarian or emergency veterinary hospital. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat-related illness, never treat them with ice cold water.
For questions or concerns regarding your pet or for other safety tips, please visit www.verg-brooklyn.com/contact-us/ or call us at 718.522.9400, located at 196 4th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.