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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Preventing Heat Stroke

Another problem you might run into in the summer is heat stroke.

Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit), which leads to nervous system abnormalities (such as lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma). Abnormally high body temperature (also called hyperthermia) develops after increased muscular activity with impaired ability to give off heat due to high heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction.

It is more common in dogs but can occurs in cats as well.

First of all, no pet - dog or cat - should EVER be left in a car unattended. Temperatures in vehicles can quickly soar past 120 degrees and will kill you.

If you much be kept in a PTU for any length of time, make sure you are in a well ventilated area at all times and out of the direct sun. If your human is uncomfortable in an area or room, than you probably are too.

Also, make sure you always have access to plenty of fresh clean water.

I do not like these Drinkwell Drinking Fountains they sell, because I do not like running water, but some cats do. If you are interested, Click HERE for a special offer from Pet Product Advisor and save $15 on A Drinkwell 360!


Southbay Girl said...

We love running water! Mom already bought us a drinkell-but maube she'll buy another!

It gets super hot here in California! Luckily we don't go in a car!!

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jan said...

Some people think that they should shave a dog, especially an arctic type dog in the summer, but they use their fur as an insulation against the heat. Shaving them can be dangerous.

Sweet Praline said...

Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I don't like the pet fountains either, but mom keeps my water bowl under the AC vent, so it stays cool and I drink!

MoMo said...

Another way (albeit impractical) is to send the heat over to me. I am freezing (6C or 42F) and the morning sun is not the least bit warm.