Dog Day Afternoons: Beat the Heat!
Officially, summer isnâ€™t here yet, but the mercury on the thermometer is still peaking over 90Âº here in South Alabama. The dogs arenâ€™t the only ones with their tongues hanging out and panting.
Most folks enjoy summer, and warmer weather and flowers and outdoor activities and all of the things that come along this time of year. But there are several things that come along with the season that are not so welcome. There are dangers to people and pets that increase with the coming solstice.
Just like your own body, your petâ€™s body needs to remain within a specific temperature range in order to function properly. Too hot or too cold and things begin to break down.
Finally, be aware of the symptoms and signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke can be serious and often fatal.
If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:
Check your pet’s temperature regularly during the cooling period. Once the temperature has stabilized between 100 and 102 degrees, you can stop the process.
If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see advanced signs, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
One more note… Unless you live in Alaska, you know that as temperatures heat up, so does the war with fleas. It is near impossible to win if you get behind. It is best to start before you see the first fleas of the season (anywhere from March to May depending on your area). Be sure to treat your pet, your home and your yard.
Information given here is meant to be helpful and/or educational. It is, in no way, intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a licensed veterinarian.
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