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Keeping your pets cool in extreme heat: tips from Paws & Claws Animal Hospital

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“Cars can overheat really rapidly and your pet could overheat in a matter of minutes, so please make sure you never leave your pet in a parked car,” Dr. Shawna Bais said. (Stock image, courtesy of the Humane Society)

WENATCHEE – As temperatures reach the triple digits this week in the Wenatchee Valley, Dr. Shawna Bais from Paws and Claws Animal Hospital wants residents to remember how dangerous heat can be for your pets.

“Many people are not aware how dangerous heat can be to animals– any animal can get dehydrated an overheat, but certain animals are more susceptible than others, that can include the short nose breeds, like pugs boxers and bulldogs, animals that are really young or elderly, animals with health condition such as heart problems and animals that are obese,” Bais said. “There are a number of things to avoid when it is hot outside, that would include leaving your car in a parked car. Cars can overheat really rapidly and your pet could overheat in a matter of minutes, so please make sure you never leave your pet in a parked car.”

Bias said many people know not to leave pets in parked cars, but what they may not know there are similar dangers in your backyard.

“You might think there’s shade and shelter for your dog, but that dog house can be very hot and too hot for your dog to go in, so make sure your dog has appropriate shade,” Bais said. “Also be very careful not to over exercise during the day, it’s very important no chasing the ball or running outside when it is warm outside, walks should be brief and left to the cooler part of the day.”

Asphalt is another danger to pets in the heat of the summer

“Another thing people may not think about is hot asphalt, asphalt can burn the sensitive paw pads on dogs,” Bais said. “Dogs are much closer to the asphalt can actually cause them to overheat rapidly.”

To keep your pets cool, be sure they have access to shade and clean water at all times such as a wading pool or sprinklers to help cool them off.

“If your dog does overheat, you may notice excessive panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting or drooling, and rapid heart rate, they might become lead which can collapse seizures and death,” Bais said. “It is very important to intervene immediately. Take your pet to a cooler place and you may apply either cool or room temperature water. Do not apply cold or ice to the dog as cooling to rapidly can actually cause more problems, and then call your veterinary immediately. Hopefully together we can keep pets safe cool and happy this summer. “

(By Kaitlin Hetterscheidt, courtesy of ncwlife.com)

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