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July 13, 2014

Pet Summer Heat Tips

Summers in Minnesota can come with high temperatures and humidity which can affect all of our pets. So how do you keep your pets safe during the warmer months?

To start, never leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the air conditioner running in your car it can still reach dangerously high temperatures. The temperature in your car can rise 20-30 degrees in a matter of ten to fifteen minutes and high temperatures can cause your animal to sustain irreversible organ damage. Leave your pets at home if you know there is a possibility that they will be left alone in the car.

Exercise should be limited on very hot days. Limit your exercise times to morning or late evening hours when it is a bit cooler. Always provide your animal with plenty of water and shade when outside even when they are not physically active. If possible, keep your pet off hot asphalt on walks and limit their walking to grassy areas.

Symptoms of heatstroke can include excessive panting, excessive thirst, loss of balance or collapsing, excessive drooling, vomiting or diarrhea containing blood, disorientation or pale gums. If you notice any of the above symptoms, hose your pet off and place cooling packs in the armpits and groin while calling your veterinarian right away.

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