Next time, you go out on an errand in the sweltering heat, don’t take your pet along. You must be thinking why not since we generally go out in our family cars. But folks remember, this can be even more dangerous. We usually tend to leave them behind and in the hustle and bustle of our chores, completely forget about them. A startling report has revealed that our friends can suffer heat strokes or heat exhaustion if left in a hot car for even a short time. They can suffer brain damage in only 10 minutes, says the report.
Pets generally cool themselves by releasing heat through their paws. But during hot days, the temperature inside the car shoots up to such an alarming level that it can even kill our friends.
What are the symptoms of sunstroke we should look for in our pets?
- Increased panting
- Irregular pulse
- Anxious expression
- Debilitation and tremors in the muscles
- Lack of muscle co-ordination
- Reddish tongues and lips
- Convulsions or vomiting
What should be our immediate course of action?
- Relocate him to a cool, shady place
- Wet him with cool water
- Fan extensively to induce evaporation. Never apply ice, as it restricts blood circulation
- Give him cool water to drink
- Take him to a vet
We should be very watchful and observant when it comes to our pet’s safety, because a slightest mistake on our part can actually cost their precious lives. So, don’t let their lives be lost in vain.