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Heat Awareness Day - May 23

Heat Awareness Day - May 23

In light of National Heat Awareness Day on May 23, we at Healthy Pet want to make sure you’re fully prepared for the rising Texas temperatures! Overheating can be sudden, and fatal, for dogs. Since healthy pets love playing and relaxing in the warm weather, now is a good time to keep an extra watchful eye on them. Dogs don’t have the sweating mechanism humans do to stay cool; therefore, it’s a pet parent's job to know if a dog is getting too hot. Key signs of overheating include:
  • Heavy panting
  • Deep, rapid breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Dry or pale gums
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
Overheating can be prevented by staying near shade, having water handy and not overexerting your dog. And NEVER (we repeat NEVER) leave your dog in the car — even with the windows down! A car’s temperature can spike to dangerous heights within minutes. Even a quick, five-minute run into the store is not worth the risk. If your dog starts to suffer from overheating, wet him with cool tap water, take him to the veterinarian and let the office know you’re on your way. In serious cases of unconsciousness, take him to the nearest Animal Hospital immediately. Texas summer and warm weather is no joke, y'all. With some preparation (not just on National Heat Awareness Day but all summer long), you and your pet are sure to have a safe and happy season! And don't forget to stop in at either Healthy Pet location to say hi!