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Pets and Weather



Considering the danger to your pet's health, and even life, it is best to avoid taking your pet with you in the car when it is hot outside unless a cool environment can be assured. Never leave your pet alone in a car when it is hot outside, even for a matter of minutes. Also, avoid exercising your pet excessively in the hot weather and make sure your pet has access to shade and plenty of water.

Heat prostration is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when animals are exposed to hot environments, such as inside a car with the windows closed (or even partly open) or other unventilated enclosures. Heat prostration occurs when the body temperature is elevated to approximately 106 degrees Fahrenheit and death will occur at 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat prostration constitutes a medical emergency. Several vital organs are damaged in heat prostration including the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Signs of heat prostration are many and varied, and not all of which occur simultaneously. Initial signs include: rapid breathing or panting; rapid heart and pulse rates; pale, red or dry gums; excess salivation; decreased alertness; coma, seizures; weakness, vomiting; diarrhea; and bleeding.

Immediate measures need to be applied rapidly in order to save the animal's life and prevent brain damage. These measures are lowering the body temperature and, if necessary, CPR. Methods to lower the body temperature include bathing the animal in cool water and then blowing air over the body. Also, ice packs should be placed in the groin and armpits, and on the neck. These measures to cool the body should be discontinued when the temperature is lowered to 103 degrees Fahrenheit because paradoxically, hypothermia may ensue. An animal that has sustained heat prostration should be taken immediately to a veterinarian for evaluation, treatment, and monitoring.

If you are wishing to report an animal that is in a life threatening situation today, please call 303.651.8500.

For non-emergency information regarding animal related issues you may call 303.651.8500 or email Sgt Jesse Buchholtz.