TAMPA, Fla. – As the hot days of summer come upon us, BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends taking certain precautions to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from heat related injuries.
It is best to keep pets in an air conditioned environment during the heat of the day and to limit strenuous activities such as running and playing. If your pet does become overheated, spray the animal down with room temperature or cool water, but never ice water. Ice cold water causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin and heat can’t escape the body, which makes heat exhaustion symptoms worse.
Don’t give your pets sports drinks or electrolyte supplements. Dogs cool off by panting and do not sweat like people. Supplements like sports drinks can actually harm animals and make pets sick.
Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and dark red gums are all signs of heat related distress. If your pet is panting uncontrollably or collapses, take the animal to your veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
Pet owners should also remember to make sure their pets have access to water at all times. Also, never leave your pet in a vehicle with the windows closed.