Pet Heat Safety in Lubbock
We all know that summers can get hot—really hot. Yet, many of us might not realize the toll excessive heat can take on our pets. Our own experience is to sweat it out, but our cats and dogs can’t sweat like we can, and those fur coats don’t help either. They release heat through panting and can sweat minimally through their paws. Often, though, this is not enough. To prevent heatstroke in your pet, view our animal hospital’s pet heat safety tips on how to keep it cool this summer!
How to Keep It Cool
- Take your dog’s daily walks earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when the temperature is a little bit cooler.
- Try not to walk on hot asphalt. Your pet cools down from the bottom up (remember, they can sweat a bit through their paws) but on hot pavement, the heat radiating off it can increase their body temperature to dangerous levels. Not to mention the pavement can burn their paws, too!
- Whenever your pet is outdoors in warmer weather, make sure they have sufficient cool water to drink as well as a shady place to lie down and rest.
- While cats typically enjoy an indoor lifestyle with the AC, be careful not to set the temperature too high when you go out. 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit is a good level to keep it at for your kitty.
- Keep in mind that flat-faced dog breeds such as Boxers, Pugs, Bulldogs, and cats such as Himalayans, Persians, and Burmillas can all have a harder time keeping cool. This is due to their facial design—their short snouts don’t allow enough air to get through for efficient panting, so pay closer attention to their needs during the summer!
Recognizing Signs of Heatstroke
In the event your pet does suffer from heat stroke, it’s important to recognize the symptoms so you can bring them to your veterinarian right away. These include:
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Lethargy and weakness
- Increased heart rate
- Reddened gums
If you suspect your pet is having a heatstroke, get them into an air-conditioned area as quickly as possible and wrap their bodies in damp, cool towels. Make sure the towels are not too cold—this could send their bodies into shock. As soon as you are able, bring your pet to your veterinarian where we can replenish fluids and help bring the body temperature into a normal range.
Have any questions about pet heat safety in Lubbock? Contact us today!