How do Chicagoans survive the heat or better yet how do pets survive in the steamy weather. According to the American Red Cross web site, pet owners need to educate themselves as to how to help their pets in the sweltering weather. According to the Red Cross “ It is important to know if your dog is predisposed to heat stroke, which is true of dogs with short snouts such as bulldogs, pugs and many other breeds. Other common causes of heat stroke include: a previous episode of heat stroke, leaving a dog in a parked car, excessive exercise in hot, humid weather (this may be exercise that your dog can usually handle but not in warmer weather), lack of appropriate shelter outdoors, thicker-coated dogs in warm weather and underlying disease such as upper airway, heart of lung disease.”
The Humane Society suggests:
- Never to leave your pet in a car.
- Learn how to recognize the signs of Heat Stroke.
According to the Humane Society Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include: collapse, body temperature 104° F or above, bloody diarrhea or vomit, depression stupor, seizures or coma, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, salivation.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke experts suggest to get your dog out of the heat, check the pets temperature and spray it with cool water or put cool towels on the pets head or neck.
According to the national weather service since 2000, there has been only one day above 100, 1988 was especially brutal, with seven days of 100 degrees or more.
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