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Yes, the past week or more has been hotter than usual and most uncomfortable. But the heat may be a concern for your pet if you don’t watch closely. Jackson Hole Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Stephanie Ninnemann says that pet can suffer heat stroke when you might not expect it since they cannot perspire like people do.

Ninnemann said, “signs of a heat stroke in your pet would include hypersalivation – maybe too much of that drool or stringiness that you see outside their mouths, them panting excessively, maybe seeming a little bit restless or very anxious”

Dr. Ninnemann says watch especially if they are becoming unsteady and may have discoloration around their mouths. If that is the case, it is a medical emergency, and the animal should be taken to the vet immediately. Simple preventative measures she says include making sure your pet has a cool place to be outside and does not overexert itself.

She said, “If it’s too hot outside for you, it’s definitely to hot outside for your pet. If you’re going to go outside for walks or hikes, do it during the cooler hours of the day, and do avoid hot surfaces like asphalt – because remember they’re not getting to wear shoes like you are”

Finally, never leave your pet in the car, even for a few minutes on days like this.

 

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