pet safe from the summer heat

With the recent heat wave, many pet owners and veterinarians are becoming increasingly concerned about the health effects the sun could have on animals. Most people celebrate the heat by going to the beach or relaxing by the pool. While relaxing, many pet owners like to have their furry friends with them. Unfortunately, this may not be the best idea, as pets take in heat very differently than humans.

How To Prevent Pet Injuries During The Peak of Summer Heat:

During the summer, there are peak days where the heat can just be too hot for all of us, especially in New England, where the humidity can make the heat feel sweltering. There are three deadly risks that pet owners need to be aware of:

dog in summer heat

Dehydration. First is dehydration. During a heat wave, you want to ensure your pet is constantly drinking water and staying cool.

Pets Overheating. The second main concern is the location of your pet while you are away. Most owners think it is okay to leave their animal in a car, garage, or outdoor screened in porch but all of these places can rise to deadly temperatures.

Heat Stroke. This leads to the final heat danger: heat stroke. Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that can cause seizures and death if not properly treated by a veterinarian right away.

How To Identify Signs Of Heat Stroke In Your Pet:

Heat stroke is when an animal becomes so overheated that their body begins to shut down to try to compensate for the rise in body temperature. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea

dogs inside in air conditioningOne of the most obvious indicators of heat stroke is visible inside the mouth of an animal. If the animal’s gums and tongue are red, it is likely they are already in the beginning stages of heat stroke and require medical attention. We want to keep our furry friends healthy and safe, because any animal who is not feeling well can act unusually. To prevent your animal from biting anyone while in pain sitting by the pool, just keep your animal inside the nice air conditioning with a bowl of water.

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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