Ahhh, summer in Colorado! Is there anything better? Maybe enjoying all our community has to offer with your favorite fourlegged companion. But before you rush out to enjoy barbeques, hikes and camping trips, we want to remind you that our beautiful Colorado sunshine poses a very real risk to your pet.
Here are some important warning signs your pet might exhibit if they are overheating and simple steps you can take to keep your pet safe and healthy this summer.
Warning signs of overheating:
• Heavy panting, rapid or difficult breathing
• Excessive drooling
• Elevated heart rate or body temperature
• Pale or dark red gums
• Diarrhea and/or vomiting
• Collapsing, weakness, convulsions
Easy ways to keep your pet safe this summer:
• Never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day –the temperature in an enclosed car can rise to dangerous levels within minutes
• Don’t walk or run with your pet on hot pavement
• Keep your pet out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and make sure they have access to shade to escape the heat
• Make sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water to prevent dehydration
• Remember certain animals like flat faced breeds (pugs, boxers, etc.), overweight, and older pets are more susceptible to the heat