K-State veterinarian warns of heat risks

With high temperatures during the summer months, K-State veterinarian and clinical professor Susan Nelson say that paying attention to your pets could help prevent heat stroke. 

The following are symptoms of heatstroke in pets.

• Body temperature above 103 degrees.
• Excessive or vigorous panting.
• Dark red, blue or purple gums.
• Thick saliva and excessive drooling.
• Dizziness or disorientation.
• Restlessness or appearing distressed.
• Rapid heart rate or irregular heartbeat.
• Vomiting or urinating blood, or traces of blood in bowel  movements.
• Seizures and muscle tremors.
• Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up.
• Collapse or loss of consciousness where the animal cannot be awakened.

If you believe your dog is overheated, move it to a place in the shade, and provide it cool water to drink, and even wetting it down with cool water if the dog is showing more advanced signs of heat stress. 

According to the CDC, when temperatures reach above 80 degrees, it begins to get dangerous for animals. At that temperature it's no longer safe to bring pets along for errands, even if you're leaving a window cracked. 

For outdoor animals be sure to leave plenty of fresh clean water out and available for them.

Should you think anything is wrong you should contact a vet immediately.

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