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Posted on 07-25-2016

Summer Pet Heat Safety from Your Branchburg Animal Hospital

Our Branchburg veterinarian recommends if your pet is acting abnormally to take our pet's temperature to quickly determine whether they may be experiencing heat stress or even heat stroke. A dog’s normal temperature ranges between of 101°F to 102.5 °F and cats have temperatures between 100° to 102.5°F. If your pet’s temperature falls a couple degrees above or below these numbers it may indicate the animal is suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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Signs of a Pet in Heat Distress

Panting excessively is one of the first signs of heat exhaustion in pets. Other symptoms of heat stress or heat stroke in pets include:

  • Bright red or dark red gums and tongue
  • Dry, sticky gums and tongue (may be accompanied by clicking noises when panting)
  • Unsteady walking or staggering when trying to walk
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (may contain blood)
  • Seizures, followed by stupor or coma

If you see your pet suffering any one of these symptoms, please bring him to our Branchburg Animal Hospital immediately for emergency, pet heat stroke treatment.

Summer Pet Wellness Care Starts with Hydration

Your pet can enjoy the summer without experiencing heat-related illnesses when you:

  • Always keep fresh water available for your pet to drink. Also, remember to take along a bottle of water and a small bowl when walking     or traveling with your pet.
  • Limit your pet's physical activity outdoors on humid or hot days to avoid dehydration.
  • Take your pet outside in the morning or evening during hot weather for necessary outdoor time.
  • Cool off your dog with air conditioning. Fans do not cool dogs well because dogs perspire through their paw pads instead of their skin.     If your dog is panting heavily, get him into an air-conditioned environment as soon as possible.

Cat owners know how hard it can be to make sure their cats drink enough water even when it isn't hot and humid. Here are some tips to encourage water drinking in fussy cats:

  • Clean the water bowl each time you refill it
  • Offer your cat water running from a faucet.
  • Include wet food in your cat's diet. Wet food contains enough water to keep them hydrated.
  • Try giving your cat a choice of cold water or room-temperature water. Some cats prefer one over the other.
  • Place water bowls in multiple areas around your home.

If You’re Concerned Call Your Branchburg Veterinarian Today!

To learn more about pet wellness care and summer health problems affecting pets, please call the Branchburg Animal Hospital at 908-707-0045.

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or the past five years, the veterinarians at Branchburg Animal Hospital have taken great care of Stitch. I highly recommend this vet for your cat or dog.

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Branchburg, NJ

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