Keeping an active lifestyle is healthy no matter what species you count yourself a part of, but with all good things there are also areas where excess can lead to potentially harmful and life threatening situations. For your dog or cat, that comes in the form of heat stroke. While you may be able to tell when the heat is getting to be too much and it is time to go inside, your pet cannot relate his discomfort to you directly. You have to pay attention to him and see how he is handling the outdoors, especially as the summer months set in, and those temperatures start to rise. In order to protect your pet from the effects of
heat stroke, it helps to first know a bit about
what causes it.
A pet's normal body
temperature may range anywhere from 99.5 degrees to 102.5. The higher it goes, the more risk your pet runs of developing heat stroke. All it takes is one incident of
heat stroke, which is at its most severe in the 107 degree range, for your pet to incur lasting damage to his body, or even death. You obviously do not want that to happen if you care about your dog or cat, but it is important to keep a close and watchful eye on him during outside activities. In order to avoid this tragedy altogether, there are some precautions that you can take.
Firstly, do not leave your pet in a parked car during the summer months. While the temperature outside may read 100 degrees, in a parked car with the windows rolled up, that temperature can climb to as much as 160 degrees. Babies are not the only ones susceptible to the risk of death at this point. Your pet cannot crack a window. He cannot open the door for a breath of fresh air. Even leaving the windows cracked is not a good idea if you are going to be away from the animal for any length of time. Be mindful of your pet's limitations and make sure that you have provided him with adequate coolness and ventilation, if you simply cannot avoid leaving him in the car altogether.
Secondly, when you are walking your dog at the park or playing outside with your cat, make sure that you have water handy in case he gets overheated. Carrying travel bottles of water that are specifically designed for your pet could save his life. If you notice rapid panting, thick saliva, diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness, your pet could be experiencing heat stroke. Kool Collars, Hydration Tabs, and Pet Sunscreen can all assist you in helping him to avoid the problem of heat stroke altogether.
Doggles Pet Sunscreen (2 oz)
Kool Collar Electric Blue
"Bamboo" White Hot Safety Sunblock Shade (14")
Canine Cooler Beds
Drinkwell Pet Fountain