With the weather getting warmer and Spring upon us, it is important to keep some safety tips in mind. Heat exhaustion can affect all of our pets, and it can happen very quickly, with tragic consequences. Our pets can enjoy the warm weather with us, but it is important to know what to look out for.
Some things to keep an eye out for in dogs are:
- Bright red tongue
- Pale or bright red gums
- Increased heart rate
- Laboured breathing
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Some things to look out for in cats are:
- Rapid pulse and fast breathing
- Bright red tongue/mouth
- Stumbling/off balance
If your pet is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, bring them to your local veterinary clinic immediately. Please do not leave your pets in vehicles in the heat. There are also thermometers you can purchase for your car window that will reflect how warm the inside of your car is so you can determine when it is safe to have your pet in your car. Keep in mind, a vehicle with the windows down can still be extremely hot for your pet! Ask your veterinarian for some recommendations on how best to keep your pets safe during spring and summer adventures.
Written by: Brandi Munroe, Lead Client Care Specialist