Love Your Pet: Prevent overheating in dogs

The hot summer months are almost upon us. The Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii offers tips to keep your dog safe from heat-related injury or death.

 

Dr. Kristin Levins of VERC – Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii- Says signs of pet overheating are heavy panting, confusion, bright red or blueish gums, or lots of saliva. If you suspect your pet is overheated, place cool water on his chest, belly and feet until you can get him to your veterinarian.

 

What can you do to avoid your pet getting overheated? “If possible, stay indoors and out of the sun. Be sure your pet stays hydrated. Give them access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and if they have to stay outside, make sure they have a shaded area to rest. If you see a dog in distress and you can’t find the owner, call 911 or bring him to the Humane Society,” concludes Dr. Levins.

 

Visit www.HawaiianHumane.org or http://www.verchawaii.com/ for more.

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