While here in Chicago we're still seeing moderate temps occasionally, summer is here and that means temperatures are on the rise. As we have fun in the sun and spend time outside not only do we need to take precautions for ourselves but for our pets as well.
Here are some safety reminders to help ensure you and your pet have a fun and safe summer (Source: The humane Society of the U.S. http://bit.ly/1o2p8jC):
1. Never leave your pet in the car. At all. Temperatures can rise quickly to dangerous levels, even with the AC on.
2. Provide lots of shade and water. It seems like a no brainer be sure to have these two vital things always available to your pet.
3. Take it easy on the exercise on very hot days. Limit the time spent outside and early morning or early evening exercise is best. Also be aware of hot pavement, it can burn the pads of their feet.
4. Know the signs of heat stroke: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
How to Treat heatstroke (via http://bit.ly/1o2p8jC)
"Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian."
Keep these in mind as you and your furry friend have fun in the sun and it's sure to be a great summer!
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