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Animal House: The Heat Is On

Jun 14, 2016

When the temperatures rise, you've got to use caution with your pets.
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Summer hasn't even officially begun and it's already blazing hot and humid in central Illinois.  Temperatures in the 90's can take their toll on everyone -- including our pets.  When it comes to our furry pals, high temperatures can be dangerous -- even deadly.

  • Summer tends to be a carefree time of year, but you've got to use caution as the mercury rises because you have one advantage over your pets:  You can sweat.  Pets have to pant off the heat that their body is generating, which is a harder way to cool off. 
  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can strike even on days that aren't blisteringly hot.  Dr. Tim Anderson from the Hawthorne Park Animal Care Center noted that when it's super hot, we tend to watch out for our pets pretty well.  But even temperatures in the low 80's can be too much for an animal.  Don't underestimate how much your pet can tolerate.
  • Excessive panting, drooling, weakness and vomiting are among the symptoms of heat stroke.  If you suspect your pet is suffering, get the animal to the vet clinic in a hurry.
  • Don't try to give your pet an ice bath, as that can cause the reverse problem.  Cool water compresses can help your pet as you rush him to the vet.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so always make sure your animal has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink.