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The Effects of Overheating on Your Pets

July and August bring North Carolina the hottest weather of the year. You may find that your dogs are turning around halfway through their routine walks. Your indoor/outdoor cat is spending more time inside. Have you noticed that you are refilling water bowls more often? These are all signs that your pets are feeling the stress of the heat as well and is a good reminder that our pets appreciate the air conditioning as much as you do.

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How To Prevent Your Pets from Overheating

  • Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening
  • Bring extra water and a dog bowl with you when you walk
  • Avoid walking your pets on black asphalt or hot sidewalks
  • Increase the number of times you are cleaning and filling water bowls
  • Keep the air conditioner at 78 degrees or cooler even when you leave the house

What Are Some Signs of Overheating?

  • Excessive panting
  • Bright red gums
  • Swollen tongue
  • Exercise intolerance/collapse

What Do You Do If Your Dog Overheats?

  • Get your pet soaking wet
  • Call your animal hospital and tell them you are on your way
  • DO NOT put ice on your pet

How Care First Animal Hospital Prevents Overheating in Camp

  • Day camp and playing occurs in shaded areas
  • Constant water source is provided for campers ie: misters, kiddy pools, bowls of water
  • Convection fans are placed around the camp yard
  • Any pet that is even mildly symptomatic of overheating is immediately presented to a veterinarian to be examined

Prevention is the Best Treatment

Knowing how to prevent your pet from overheating can save your pet’s life. The veterinarians and staff at Care First Animal Hospital are here to help. If you ever feel like your pet may be overheating or need attention, contact the vets at Care First and we’ll be ready to help!  

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