VCA Hawaii on preventing heat stroke in pets this summer

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“If you ever notice that your pet has excessive drooling, panting, vomiting, they won’t drink water, blue or purple gums, seizures, or unconsciousness, this is an emergency and you need to seek immediate medical attention for your pet,” said Arreola.

Luckily, preventing heat stroke is easy. Make sure to provide shade and water for your pet when outside, and try not to exercise them when it is particularly hot or humid. If you’re traveling, never leave your pet in the car for any period of time without air conditioning.

It is also important to note that if your pet has a thick or double-layered coat, has a short nose, or is overweight, they are more susceptible to heat stroke.

Asphalt temperature can also harm your pet’s paws in warm weather. If the air temperature is 77 degrees, then the asphalt temperature can be 125 degrees, so it’s important to check if the asphalt is too hot for your dog.

“Put the back of your hand against the asphalt for seven seconds, and if it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws,” said Wright.

If your pet seems to be in distress, look for the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. If you’re near Pearl City, VCA’s Oahu Veterinary Specialty Center is open 24 hours a day. Just make sure to call in advance and they will be happy to help.

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