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Hot Weather Tips

During the long, hot summer days dogs and cats can suffer from the same
problems that humans do--overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. By
taking these simple precautions, you can can protect your companion animal
from the elements and have fun all summer long.


Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a
parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace on a hot day - and
overheating (heat prostration) can kill an animal. Parking in the shade offers
little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.

Always carry a gallon of cold water for your pet.

Don't force your animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather.
Exercise her in the early morning or in the evening, and keep walks to a
minimum.

Never leave your dog standing on hot asphalt. His body can heat up quickly
and his sensitive paw pads can burn.

Do not take an animal to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot
and plenty of fresh water for him to drink. Rinse him off after he has been in
salt water.

Provide plenty of shade and a well-constructed doghouse for animals staying
outside. Bring your dog inside during the hottest part of the day, and make
sure she has plenty of cool water. Keep cats indoors.

Be extra sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather.

Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as Pekingese, Bulldogs, Pugs,
Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases,
should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. Cats will pant if overheated and they sweat through their pawpads, as well. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage, and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal's body temperature to climb from normal to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated, and at risk of permanent impairment or even death.

Know the Warning Signs
According to Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, "symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees." Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
 

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Its getting hot out make sure you think of your 4 legged friends!
 
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Great post.
Those of you in FL, it is illegal to leave your animal or children unattended in a vehicle AC on or not.
Always take an umbrella to the beach, and plenty of H2O.
 

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Good post AP, a sign also to wrap things up and be done for that period is the mouth.. Keep a close eye on your dogs mouth, excessive licking, excessive painting and your dogs tongue hanging off to one side fully extended are early - mild signs of needing a break from the heat..

If your dogs are kept indoors reintroduce each season accordingly, dogs of any breed will vary independently on their tolerance to both cold and hot weather climates.. During changes, know your dog and keep it simple.. Start short time frames, work your way up to longer periods and keep mid - day exercises to a minimal.. Even if highly tolerant to heat, it offers peace of mind to keep heavy work loads in the A.M and after 4 - 5pm in the evening.. From 11:00am - 4:00pm typically are the hottest of times during summer, naturally reduce the exercise during this period and ensure water is plentiful..

Another thing to keep in mind for those feeding high protein diets, reduce the amount per feeding.. If you are feeding 2 cup AM and 2 cup PM on normal schedule, consider reducing and feeding a smaller meal in between.. This will further reduce the stress on the kidneys paired with higher amounts of water, particularly if spending X amount of hours outside during the day.
 

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Excellent posts, both Holly and KM. Definitely know your dog and know what signs to look for, and you and your dog will be much safer and happier.
 
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