As we continue to experience extremely hot temperatures in the area, veterinarian Dodi Jacobi says they have seen an increase in number dogs suffering from heat strokes being brought into the emergency animal clinic on Acton Road.
"I think we saw like 8 heat strokes today alone," said Dr. Jacobi on Sunday.
Dr. Jacobi says pet owners should use a little common sense when it comes to keeping their dogs safe from the heat.
"As a guideline, if it's too hot for you to be doing a lot outside, then it's too hot for your pet to be doing a lot outside," said Dr. Jacobi.
There are warning signs you should look for if you believe your dog may be having a heat stroke.
"Typically what you'd see is they start panting, salivating, their gums start getting dark red when they should be a nice bubble gum pink color," warned Dr. Jacobi.
Vomiting and blood in their urine is also a warning sign as well as looking lethargic or they collapse. If your pet starts showing these symptoms, you should give it water, try to cool its temperature gradually and seek emergency help.
Vets also warn that as you try to cool your dog's temperature. It is important not to do it too quickly. Using ice or extremely cold water can cause your pet even more problems. If you cool them down too quickly, then you can throw their body into shock. The best way at home is to get them wet with a hose but not completely drenched. You can also take a towel that is soaked in water and lay it over them.
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