Pet Heat Safety in Terre Haute

The summer sun might feel good after a long winter, but its heat and intensity can be dangerous for our pets. You may be familiar with heat stroke, a condition that affects humans. Pets can also experience heat stroke, and in a much shorter time, due to their fur coats and inability to sweat effectively. Even if you think your pet will do just fine sitting in the shade with a bowl of water, we recommend speaking to a veterinarian before making assumptions about their well-being.

Signs of Heat Stroke

How can you tell if your pet is suffering from heat stroke? There are a number of symptoms you can look for, including:

  • Heavy panting
  • Drooling excessively
  • Little to no urine production
  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Lack of coordination
  • Lack of consciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Bright red tongue
Dog at a water fountain: Pet Heat Safety in Terre Haute

Helping Your Pet Stay Cool

Below, we’ve included some important tips for keeping your pet cool and happy during these balmy summer months.

  • Don’t keep or walk your dog on hot asphalt—the heat from the ground can increase their body heat, and burn the pads of their paws
  • Never, EVER leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle (the temperature inside a car can be 20 degrees hotter than the temperature outside!)
  • If your pet is elderly or has a flat face (like Persian cats, Pugs, English Bulldogs), keep in them in doors as often as possible with air conditioning and fresh, cool water
  • Always keep your pet supplied with clean, fresh water, since they can dehydrate quickly
  • Don’t over-exercise your pet—if it’s hotter than 75 degrees, keep them at home
  • Trim, but don’t shave, your dog—their coat protects them from sunburn and overheating

Having a Problem? Call Us!

If you have any questions about pet heat safety or are concerned that your pet may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, please contact us immediately at (812) 645-0715.