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Posted on 03-23-2012
While we are happy to serve as your Austin emergency veterinarians, we would prefer that you never have to rush to our emergency animal hospital in the first place. True, we can do nothing to prevent the surplus of hot weather we get in the Lone Star State, but we can at least take steps to protect our pets from the rising temperatures.
We have touched on the subject of heat stroke before, but the subject bears repeating as we gear up for summer. Remember that dogs symptoms include drooling, panting, dizziness or disorientation, vomiting, seizures loss of consciousness and unusually red gums. Cat symptoms are much same, minus the panting. If heat stroke occurs, move your pet indoors immediately, cool him off and then contact an emergency veterinarian for further instructions. But keep in mind that prevention always beats a trip to the emergency animal hospital. Give your pet periods of indoor time, build a shaded shelter for outdoor time, and always keep a ready supply of cool, fresh water available so your pet has a better chance of tolerating the "dog days."
You may have to go beyond these basic precautions if your dog faces particular health challenges. Older pets, for instance, cannot tolerate sustained hot weather as well as they could in their puppy or kitten days. Overweight pets have a special vulnerability as well -- extra fat traps heat and can also interfere with proper breathing. Speaking of breathing, if you own a brachycephalic (or short-nosed) breed of dog or cat, do not let him spend more than a few minutes at a time in the heat! These breeds cannot cool themselves by drawing air through their snouts as other breeds can. No matter how much fun your pug has playing in the sun, bring him indoors and keep him there. A healthier pet will be a happier pet, all year round.
What steps do you take to protect your pet from the Austin heat?
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