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Heat Awareness for Our Fury Family Members

Heat Awareness for Our Fury Family MembersDuring the summer months, the temperature can feel 10 degrees hotter than it actually is depending on the humidity levels.  Hot and humid weather can make it difficult for everyone to breathe; this is particularly the case of our beloved pets.

Not only do most pets have a thick fur coat, but also their inability to sweat makes regulating their temperature challenging.  Having plenty of fresh cool water available for your animals is imperative for their overall well-being.

During the extreme heat, all animals should be kept inside in an air conditioned home.  Do not ever leave your pets unattended outside, particularly in the summer.  This is especially true for short nosed breeds.  Pets that have shorter faces, like pugs, bulldogs, King Charles Cavaliers, and boxers have a condition called, brachycephalic (snub-nosed) Brachycephalic makes it difficult for these breeds to breathe normally in general, and when the heat exacerbates that condition, they can die within a very short period of time.  The breathing passageways of these animals are flattened and narrowed.  If it’s extremely hot, these pets will not be able to cool themselves through panting and will often times suffocate along with heatstroke.

All pets like cats, horses, goats, and rabbits are at risk for heat stroke in the hot summer months, because although panting helps to differ some of the heat from their bodies, it cannot regulate their temperature completely.

Living in Florida, we’re accustomed to the warm weather all year long, but even in the winter months, when the weather feels cooler, the inside of a car can reach well over 100 degrees within minutes. Even with the windows cracked, you should never leave your pet in the car. It is one of the most tragic reasons that vets see patients for emergency visits. Pets cannot let themselves out; they depend on you to use caution and have their best interest in mind.

Symptoms of heatstroke:
• Rapid panting
• Rapid heart rate
• Bright red gums
• Red ears and feet
• Sticky thick saliva
• Lethargy
• Dizziness
• Vomiting
• Death

What you can do to prevent heatstroke:
• Keep your pet in cool areas, shaded areas (preferably air conditioned)
• Give them plenty of fresh cool water
• Keep their fur wet or moist with cool water
• Avoid walking or exercising them during hot weather
• Allow them plenty of rest in cool area
• NEVER leave your pet in the car

Best Friends Animal Hospital
Best Friends Animal Hospital believes in providing quality health care for your pet in a warm and welcoming environment. Their doctors routinely attend educational seminars in order to stay abreast of the latest medical treatments and technologies. Their hospital also prides itself on having state-of-the-art equipment including a digital X-ray machine and surgical laser, both of which are used in human medicine. The digital X-ray machine allows them to take high-quality radiographs in seconds and gives their doctors images with better diagnostic quality; while the surgical laser helps to decrease pain and bleeding as well as increase healing speed of the incision.

Best Friends Animal Hospital offers free 24-hour access to your pet’s medical record through a pet portal, as well as home delivery of your pet’s prescriptions through an online store. Their online Pharmacy carries prescription medications, heartworm, flea and tick preventative, pet food, treats, and toys.

The doctors and staff are devoted to helping your pets’ live longer, healthier and happier lives because they understand what an important member of your family your pet. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and they look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) soon. Please visit their website to find out more, or call them to book your appointment.

Best Friends Animal Hospital

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