Heat stroke and your pet- Keeping them safe in the Wilmington heat.

Don't be deceived that it is okay to leave your pet in the car while you run in the store real quick. Those quick trips can easily be delayed by a slow cashier or running in to a neighbor. And the trip could never be quick enough for our furry friend that was left behind.

Keep heat stroke top of mind this summer and do your part to protect your pet.

  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows open, your pet could quickly succumb to heatstroke inside the hot car.
  • The best time to take your pet for a walk is in the early morning or later evening. The temperatures are less extreme during these times. Walk on grass or check the sidewalk to make sure it is not too hot for your pet's pads.
  • Be sure to provide shade, shelter and plenty of fresh water to your pet while they are outside.
  • If it is too hot for you to hang out outdoors, then don't make Fido. Offer up the air conditioning for a cool oasis.

Some signs that your pet is overheating include:

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Mild weakness
  • Stupor or actually collapsing
  • Seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting

If your pet exhibits any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.

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