Hot Texas Weather & Heat Stroke
As temperatures rise all around Texas heat stroke becomes a viable threat to
outdoor pets.  Know what to watch for and how to prevent heat exhaustion
from affecting you furry friends.
    With summer quickly approaching and temperatures
soaring into the triple digits on a regular basis, it is time to
start considering how the Texas heat can affect your pet.  
Heat stroke occurs when your pets’ temperature exceeds
104 degrees.  Most often the symptoms associated with
heat stroke are excessive panting, weakness, vomiting,
diarrhea, and dizziness. If left untreated, the condition
progresses and heat exhaustion can lead to seizures, a
coma, cardiac arrest, and death.

Prevention is key when it comes to battling heat stroke.  If
your pet is obese, has any heart problems, breathing
problems, or is just getting up there in age, try to limit
physical activity when it is plenty of fresh water.  Avoid
walking your pets on asphalt as the surface temperature is
typically twenty degrees or more higher than the outdoor
temperature and sometimes burns on the pads of their feet
can occur.

Should you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke,
there are a few things you can do to help them.  First,
remove your pet from the hot area and apply cool, not cold,
compresses under the forelimbs and the groin area. If your
pet does not show any improvement within thirty minutes,
or if your pet is unresponsive when you find them initially,
take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation to make
sure they are not suffering from internal organ failure.  
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