Pets Need Extra Attention in Heat

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

While people have a normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees, the core body temperature for cats and dogs in 101 degrees.

Meridian veterinarian, Dr. Earl Laird, said he has already seen several cats and dogs who have heat symptoms.

"Panting, might be lethargic, sort of staggering around, may even have convulsions and muscle tremors. Could even be comatose," said Laird. "One of the problems with dogs and cats is ticks on them. The tick can cause that paralysis, cause that raise in temperature."

Laird said if these symptoms occur, cool the pet off as soon as possible by hosing then down or putting them in a tub of cooler than air temperature water.
Do not put ice on your pet! And as soon as they are cool, take them to the vet.


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