Experts Warn To Monitor Pets During Extreme Heatwaves Across The Country

Across the Northern Hemisphere, people are grappling with intense heatwaves. According to the New York Times, the U.S., China and much of Europe are suffering from heat.

In Arizona alone, record-breaking temperatures soared above 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 18+ consecutive days.

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According to the Enterprise Record, experts are warning pet owners to monitor their fur-friends during the heatwave for signs of heat-related ailments. Heat stroke can occur quickly, especially in dogs, so it’s important to be proactive and help your pets stay cool.

According to the Enterprise Record, Alleyna Meehan, an adoption counselor at Butte Humane Society in Chico, California, advised pet owners ensure their pets have plenty of cool drinking water. You can add ice cubes to their water bowls to cool it down.

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Time Magazine adds that you should be mindful of the hours you walk your pet(s) and avoid peak-temperature times like during the middle of the day. Limit time spent outside in heat to short intervals, and be conscious of hot concrete on delicate paw pads.

While being proactive about keeping your pets cool and safe is the most important thing to do during an intense heatwave, you should also monitor your pets for signs of heat exhaustion.

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According to Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital, you should look out for the following signs of heat exhaustion in dogs:

– Excessive panting or difficulty breathing.
– Dry nose.
– Visible tiredness.
– Sunken eyes.
– Excessive drooling.
– Fever.
– Bright red, gray, purple, or bluish gums.
– Lack of urine.
– Rapid pulse.
– Lethargy or weakness.
– Vomiting or diarrhea.

According to Purina, you should look out for the following signs of heat exhaustion in cats:

– Panting or trouble breathing.
– Vomiting or diarrhea.
– Rapid pulse.
– Sweaty paws.
– Excessive drooling.
– Lethargy or disorientation.
– Red, flushed tongue or gums.

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Always consult a qualified veterinarian if you’re concerned about your pets.

Stay safe and stay cool out there!

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