Protect Your Pets From Heatstroke

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Rising temperatures

As the weather gets warmer, people are outside enjoying the warm sun and breezy days. I see more people out and about with their dogs while they go for hikes, enjoy fishing at the lake, or are just taking a nice little stroll. It’s important to remember to keep your pets safe as temperatures rise.

Animals exposed to high temperatures can quickly suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke when left in a vehicle on a day when temperatures outside reach only mild levels. Leaving windows open or parking in the shade will not prevent your pet from getting overheated. It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. In fact, when it’s 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 117 degrees within 60 minutes. Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot, stuffy car, dogs can’t cool down. Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.

Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke — for example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medications. If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. Here are some signs to look for:

• heavy panting

• profuse salivation

• rapid pulse

• very red gums/tongue

• lethargy

• lack of coordination

• reluctance or inability to rise after

collapsing

• vomiting

• diarrhea

• loss of consciousness in extreme

circumstances.

First aid for heatstroke

If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and call your vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.

Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

• Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock — you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.

• Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.

• Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle — never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.

• Once you have cooled your dog down, you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.

The best way to avoid over heating and heat stroke is to just leave your pets at home. Car rides can be fun, but they should always be safe.

Here are a few of the wonderful pets currently available for adoption at our shelter. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.

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Eckle

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ISle

ECKLE and ISLE

Eckle and Isle have been together since they were just kittens. They are 13 years old and had to be surrendered because their owner moved out of state and wasn’t able to take them along. You may think that being 13 is too old, but our vet checked these girls out and said they are in great shape. They had a few teeth pulled and blood work done which came back fine. They are both affectionate cats who enjoy being petted. They are easygoing and like quiet time. They get along with other cats and would do best in a home that is peaceful and laid back.

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Nova

NOVA 

Nova is an 8-month-old that was brought in as a stray. She is an absolute sweetheart. She is still playful and outgoing and doesn’t mind the other cats too much. She loves people and likes to play with cat toys. This beautiful dilute calico is patiently waiting to find her forever home. Could it be with you? She is spayed, up to date on vaccines and will be microchipped prior to adoption.

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Marnie

MARNIE 

Marnie is an 8-month-old that was brought in as a stray. She is a vocal girl who isn’t shy about demanding some of your time and attention. She gets along with the other cats and really enjoys sunbathing in the window. Marnie is pretty easygoing and loves to just be around people, where she can get all the affection she wants. She is spayed, current on vaccines and will be microchipped upon adoption.

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Stamp

STAMP 

Stamp is an active, 14-week-old border collie mix. He loves to play, play, play! Whether it be tug-of-war or chasing a tennis ball, this pup is always on the move. He is doing quite well learning how to walk on a leash and how to potty outside. Since he is still young and very active, he will need further training and lots of exercise. Stamp gets along with other dogs and may do best with older children, just because he is so active. He is neutered and up to date on his shots.

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Sheila

SHEILA 

Sheila is an absolute doll! This 6-year-old Aussie/lab mix was surrendered  due to landlord issues. She is an amazing dog who is obedient and super affectionate. Sheila has lived with other dogs, children, cats and even horses. She is a friendly girl who just adores people. She is potty trained and leash trained too. Sheila knows basic commands and can even shake. She still has a lot of life in her and lots of love to give. Whoever adopts her is going to be one lucky person.

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