DON'T FORGET HOW HEAT AFFECTS YOUR PETS

With the excessive heating warnings this week, we want to make sure you aren't forgetting about your pets.  Every dog or cat, regardless of their physical fitness, age, size or breed can suffer from heat related illnesses.

Leaving your pets outside for long periods of time, engaging them in strenuous physical activity or leaving pets alone in a hot car, can be very harmful to your pets.

Smart Collars can alert pet owners of the condition of their pet before it becomes fatal. Smart Collars track vital signs like body temperature, pulse, respiration body posture, heart rate and more.

The technology  is especially useful for pets that are older, sick or at an increased risk for developing disease.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • High Temperatures:  Dogs normal body temps range between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, while cats body temps are about 99.5 to 102.5.
  • Frequent Vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Collapse
  • Excessive panting and/or distressed breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased heart rate
  • Weakness and/or fatigue
  • Thickened saliva

HOW TO HELP YOUR PET

If you see any of these signs, try to cool them down by moving them to a cooler environment, providing them with fresh drinking water, and talk to your vet immediately. Do not place animals in an icy cold tub, as too rapid of cooling is bad for them.

Make sure your pets have access to plenty of water, and limit long walks or strenuous activity to the cooler hours of the day.

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