Summer has arrived in Texas! Days of 100-degree weather are once again at our door. It’s hot enough for us as humans. For your friends in fur coats, the weather can be downright dangerous. Heat stroke is a very real threat for animals. In dogs, an increase in temperature of only 3.5 degrees could send them into heat stroke.
As their protectors, it is our responsibility to know the facts as well as look for warning signs and ways to avoid trouble. Fur Services Fur Pets wants to help you keep your pet happy and healthy. It can take up to 60 days for a dog to acclimate to a change in temperature. In 15 minutes heat stroke can take over and kill a dog. Their normal body temperature is 101.3 degrees. At 109.4 degrees their organs will begin to shut down. Only 50 percent of dogs will survive a fight with heat stroke. It takes very little for it to set in.
Being observant to the warning signs goes a long way in protecting them. Look for your pet to stagger as he or she walks. When too hot, their heart will race. No need to bring a stethoscope, you can feel their chest. Their eyes will have a glassy and/or fearful look to them. When overheated, dogs will pant and drool excessively. They will also vomit and potentially have seizures.

There are some easy steps you can take, as a pet protector, to avoid heat stroke. Never leave your pet in the car alone. We understand the desire to always have your furry friend with you. They are Robin to our Batman. To be their caped crusader, we have to look out for their well-being. The risk to their health, however, just isn’t worth it. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172. It is better to leave your pet at home and call us to check in on them.
It is also important to be mindful of how your dog’s exercise. Consider restricting the amount of exercise they get. Walking in the mornings and evenings is best, when temperatures are at the lowest. When walking your dog, it is helpful to bring bottles of water and a small cup with you.
If you are concerned about your pet having heat stroke, there are some immediate steps you can take. Bring them into a cool area, find a tree with good shade. Offer them small amounts of tepid water. Douse them with cool, but never cold water. Sitting them in front of a fan can also help to reduce body temperature. If you are truly worried, it is best to bring them to the veterinarian or after hours to the emergency pet clinic.
You and your furry loved ones can have plenty of fun this summer. Us pet protectors just have to stay informed and prepared. So, please remember to bring an extra water bottle or two and water dish for your sidekick in the fur coat. Your local pet store should carry travel dishes. Please give Fur Services Fur Pets a call if your fur baby needs a check-in during these hot days. Have a great summer!

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Brandon Pettey

Brandon is an education student at Texas A&M University Texarkana and future English teacher. He has a Golden Retriever named Ivy and a cat named Bella.