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Q: How can I protect my pet from heat stroke this summer?

By Dr. Linda Sifford

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Root River Veterinary Center • www.rootrivervetcenter.com • 507-765-2117

A: Heat stroke can be a serious and even life threatening condition in your pet. Fortunately, it is easily preventable by taking these precautions and watching for the warning signs. Always make sure that you pet has access to fresh clean water. Also, make certain that your pet has plenty of shade available. Never leave pets in a closed car! Temperatures in cars can exceed 120 degrees in 10 minutes even when it doesn’t seem to be warm outside. If a heat advisory is announced, it is best to keep pets indoors until the temperatures cool off. Warning signs of heat stroke include: excessive panting, drooling, bright red gums, staggering, lethargy, and vomiting. If you suspect that your pet has heat stroke, first, try moving your pet to a cool area. Then soak your pet with cool water. If it is available, use a fan to cool your pet more quickly and always call your veterinarian for advice.

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