Light-coated dogs and cats are at higher risk of sunburn and should be kept indoors with limited exposure to the sun.

Dr. Mitsie Vargas

Summer temperatures have been extremely high during the recent heat wave affecting the Southeast. Pets are at risk of major injury even if their exposure seems to be minimal. What are the top hazards that pet owners need to be aware of?

Heat stroke or hyperthermia

In dogs, 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit is considered the upper range of normal body temperature. Most pet owners are not aware that hyperthermia can occur in as little as under 10 minutes of strenuous exercise even if the temperatures are below 90 degrees. Common sequelae of dogs that suffer from extremely elevated body temperature include increased risk of seizures, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC), and cardiac events during transport or while being prepared for intensive care. It is critical, therefore, for these dogs to receive a timely intervention for immediate relief of their hyperthermia.

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