Keeping Pets Cool This Summer

JOPLIN, Mo. - With heat advisories in the forecast this week, dog owners are being reminded to keep their pets cool.

Unlike humans, dogs don't have the ability to sweat out excess body heat.

While there are a few glands in their paws, it's not enough to help regulate body temperature-instead they pant.

However, this sometimes isn't enough to keep dogs from overheating.

According to Pet M.D., if a dog becomes over heated, they run the risk of potentially fatal conditions such as heat stroke and cardiac arrest.

Body temperatures 103 degrees and above are considered above normal.

If it rises to 106 or higher, the canine could experience heat stroke, which would shut down organs and stop the heart altogether.

Professionals say it isn't difficult to notice overheating in dogs.

Excessive panting is the first symptom.

According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, dogs may collapse or experience convulsions, vomit, or have diarrhea.

Their gums or tongue may also turn blue or bright red.

Some other signs include glazed eyes, excessive drooling, rapid heart rate, dizziness, and fever.

Early signs can simply be that your pet is less responsive.

If you start to notice any of these signs, move your dog to a cooler area.

If it's accessible, take your dog for a swim to cool down.

Give him or her fresh water, but do not give them ice cubes.

If the dogs temperature is in a dangerous zone, take it to the vet as soon as possible.


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