Advice for Pets During Hot Weather

Fight the heatstroke risk for cats brought on by high temperatures.

Posted: July 23, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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Watch for signs of heatstroke in cats when temperatures rise.

July heat waves have led the American Veterinary Medical Association to create a video with heatstroke prevention tips for cats and dogs. The video features Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the AVMA, listing ways to keep cats cool this summer, such as keeping cats indoors, especially where there might be air conditioning.

DeHaven discusses the heat waves that hit the Northeast earlier in July, and says dogs and cats are more susceptible to heatstroke than humans are during such a time. Reasons include pets' fur coats, inabilty to sweat and limited abilty to cool off through panting and drinking water.

"Signs of heatstroke include hard panting, staggering gate, rapid heartbeat, listlessness, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and tongue and vomiting," DeHaven explained in a press release. "If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, put a cold towel around their neck, get them into an air conditioned car and get them to the veterinarian as quickly as possible."

Additional warm-weather dangers abide in cars. Cars parked in the sun during summer can become deadly. "Even with the windows cracked, a car's inside temperature can increase as much as 40 degrees in an hour," DeHaven said.

For more information, and to watch the video, click here.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

7/26/2010 4:53:33 AM

Oooh, poor kitties!

g    f, CA

7/25/2010 11:57:57 PM

Yikes

Abe    Pembroke Pines, FL

7/25/2010 10:27:29 PM

Will heed!

Brian    LV, NV

7/25/2010 6:53:45 PM

Thank you.

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