Forecasters are predicting temperatures reaching well over 90 degrees in the next few days, so pet owners should take special care in ensuring their pet’s safety. The State Veterinarian’s office of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers these tips to keep pets safe through the hottest days.
“Pet owners must take extra precautions in the next few days because heat stroke has serious repercussions, and can lead to generalized organ dysfunction and death,” said Dr. Bob Ehlenfeldt, State Veterinarian.
First, be aware of the signs of heat sickness. Because pets are unable to dissipate heat through sweating, pets are more susceptible to heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke in pets include a body temperature between 104 and 110 degrees, excessive panting, tongue and gums that are sticky and a dark or bright red color, staggering, stupor or seizures. In extreme cases, heat stroke for pets may result in bloody diarrhea, coma or death.
Follow this important prevention advice to safeguard your pet this summer:
If you do see an animal in distress, take action by alerting a store manager if you see a dog trapped in a car in their store’s parking lot. Likewise, it may be necessary to call the police in instances where there is no one around.
For more information visit the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website at www.datcp.wi.gov.
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