Jun 01, 2024 | By, For Pet's Sake

Summer pet safety: Spot and prevent the signs of heatstroke

Summer is here, and the longer days mean more time spent outdoors with our favorite furry friends. However, just like humans, pets can suffer damage from the sun’s rays, leading to issues such as dehydration and heatstroke.

Unfortunately, there are several heatstroke-related pet fatalities each year; however, with vigilant monitoring and proper care, you can keep your pet safe from overheating and heatstroke. Here are the immediate signs of heatstroke to watch out for and some tips for keeping your pet cool and protected all summer long!

Signs of heatstroke

Remember, pets do not sweat to cool themselves off, but luckily, symptoms of overheating are easy to spot. If your pet is showing any of the following symptoms, they may be suffering from a heatstroke.

If you notice any of these signs, quickly take your pet to a cool, shaded area. Cool them off with a damp towel, and make sure they have access to cold water. If your pet appears unconscious or unresponsive, take them to the veterinarian immediately.

How to prevent heatstroke

By knowing these common heatstroke symptoms and prevention measures, you can help keep your pet cool and safe all summer!

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