How to Prevent an Overheating Pet

With summer just around the corner, it is important to recognize the signs of an overheating pet and what to do when these signs are present. To avoid our pets becoming overheated, schedule walks and outdoor activities in the morning or evening when the temperature is not at its peak, never leave your pets in a closed car, and be sure to provide your pet with plenty of cool water to drink when it is hot.

Signs of overheating:

  • Uncontrollable panting.
  • Bright red gums and tongue.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Foaming at the mouth.
  • Lethargy.
  • Vomiting.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Steps to take when you recognize signs of overheating:

  • With cool water (not cold), bathe or hose the pet.
  • Put the pet in a cool, well ventilated area.
  • Place a cold sheet or towel around the pet.
  • If the pet is not showing signs of improvement within 5 minutes, rush the pet to an emergency veterinary hospital.