Tips About Animal Heat Stress

Warnings
Never leave your pet in a parked car!!! On a warm day, even if the outside temperature is only 85 degrees, the temperature in a parked car can reach 135 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with partially opened windows.

With only hot air to breathe, your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke.

On hot days, your pet is safer at home!

Signs of Heat Stress
Signs of heat stress include:
  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Deep red or purple tongue
If Your Pet Gets Overheated
If your pet gets overheated, you must lower his body temperature immediately by:
  • Getting your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over his body.
  • Applying ice packs or cold towels only to the head, neck, and chest.
  • Letting your pet drink small amounts of cool water, or lick ice cubes or ice cream
After you've done these things, get your pet to a veterinarian right away to be checked out.