Jul 18, 2010 8:44 PM
Imagine trying to battle this summer heat with a fur coat! It is the reality for some of our four-legged friends and it can be a dangerous situation. Carrie Hazel, Lobby and Adoption Supervisor from the Butte Humane Society says it is as simple as keeping pets out of the sun to avoid heatstroke. "Ideally, they should be indoors in the really intense part of the day but if they are not able to be inside some sort of shelter, shade should be made available to them."
If you can not have your furry loved ones indoors, there are alternatives to beat the heat! Small swimming pools are perfect for keeping pets cool. Dogs have very few sweat glands, most of which are in their footpads. They cool themselves down mostly by panting and breathing, which moves the air over the moist surfaces of their tongue and lungs. Cats can be kept cool with fans. For rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals: "We like to put in frozen water bottles in their cage so they can cuddle up to it and keep their body temperature manageable," Hazel stated.
Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, drooling, and vomiting. If you think your pet is under any distress, take them to a veterinarian immediately and never leave your pet in the car. "The windows in the cars amplify the heat that builds up inside the vehicle so even a day that is fairly temperate, you know 70 or 75 degrees, can exceed a 100 degrees within 10 to 15 minutes inside a vehicle."
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