Summer will be here soon! Be prepared for HOT temperatures and what you should or should not do with your pet. It’s important for you to know the normal body temperature for a dog or cat. Cat’s run cooler than dogs, but the general range is 100-102.5 degrees fahrenheit. Extended time outdoors in the sun can cause a dog to overheat or suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Signs that your dog may be overheating include:
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
If this happens, remove your dog from the heat immediately! Begin cool-down measures such as putting cool, NOT cold, water on the pet. Do not put the pet in a pool, rather put cool compresses on the dogs abdomen and between the paw pads. Contact your veterinarian or if it is afterhours or a weekend, contact an emergency facility.
Please DO NOT leave pets in a car in the summer. When it is a comfortable 75 degrees outside, in only 10 minutes the interior a car will rise to close 100 degrees! When it is 85 degrees it can rise to a staggering 120 degrees in less than 30 minutes!
For more information, please click this link from AAHA about Keeping your pet safe from summer heat https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/general_health/keeping_your_dog_safe_from_summer_heat.aspx