Summer is here and so is the hot weather!
As the temperature rises, so does the risk of heatstroke for our pets!
Heatstroke is very serious, and can quickly lead to organ failure, brain damage, and death.
Symptoms of heatstroke may include;
Heatstroke doesn't just occur when the weather is hot, it can also happen in times of high humidity, or in poorly ventilated area indoors. Also, some pets are more prone to distress in hot weather than others. Brachycephalic breeds (Persian and Himalayan cats, bulldogs, pugs, boxers, etc) are more susceptible due to the pushed in characteristic of their faces, making panting less effective and breathing in general more difficult. Overweight and senior animals, along with those who have heart or lung disease also have an increased danger, and should be monitored closely.
Our animals don't sweat like we do. Instead, they rely on panting to keep cool, and often times, panting just isn't enough. It is up to us to make sure our animals have what they need to stay protected from the heat.
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