Make sure you take steps to protect your pet from the sweltering heat

(WXYZ) - The Animal Care Network, a division of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, has recently encountered dogs and cats suffering from heat stroke / heat exhaustion in both Pontiac and Inkster. Dogs have been collapsing in backyards, on walks and in cars. Please use the following tips to help keep your pets safe this summer.

TIPS:

*Heat stroke can happen in as little as ten minutes
*Avoid vigorous exercise and walking
*Do not leave your pets in your car
*Keep fresh cool water available at all times  
*Keep your dog in a shaded area
*Many dogs like to cool off in a "kiddy" pool 

SIGNS:  

*Increased temperature
*Vigorous panting, thick saliva
*Dark red gums
*Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up
*Collapse and/or loss of consciousness
*Dizziness or disorientation 


WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT HEAT STROKE:  

*Move your pet out of the heat and away from sun right away

*Go to your local veterinarian immediately
*Begin cooling your pet down slowing by placing cool washcloth or towel on the body,
  especially foot pads and around the head
*DO NOT use ice or very cool water, only slowly offer cool water, do not force   

If your dog lives outside, please make sure the area is kept clean every day to avoid flies that feed on dogs in the summer! Also please make sure your pet is vaccinated!  If you see a dog or cat in need of a help, become that dog's advocate! Speak with the owner and if that fails to improve the situation, contact your local animal shelter, humane society or animal control office. 

Learn more by visiting visiting: http://www.michigananimaladoptionnetwork.org   

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