We all seem to be able to find ways to keep cool, but what about our pets. What’s the best way to keep them from overheating this summer?
Veterinarian Krista Gibson was live on 11 News Today with some easy tips.
Dogs keep themselves cool by panting, allowing the evaporating moisture from the tongue to cool the air they breathe. Short faced breeds can’t cool themselves as well as other breeds, and older dogs have less tolerance for hot weather.
Cats are also adversely affected by heat, but most are indoor pets or they are simply better at finding cool places to sleep.
Pet owners need to make sure that their pets have a way to avoid the heat. Providing fresh cool water throughout the day as well as shady areas to escape the heat are most important.
Even if your dog is generally an outdoor pet, it is important to watch closely and bring them inside if the temperature gets too hot or there is not adequate shade.
If you find your dog panting more vigorously or even laying on it's side not moving, it is a medical emergency. Immediately get him to a cooler area and use cool water to rinse his body. Don't use water tht is too cold or it can complecate conditions by constricting vessels in the skin. Fans are also helpful.
Don't leave your pet in the car, they can overheat in less than 10 minutes on most summer days.