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A routine walk during the heat of the day, a backyard without ample shade, or a five-minute sit in a parked car could lead to heat exhaustion, which can cause irreparable brain damage or even death for your pet.
Pets require extra protection from the summer's scorching temperatures. Dogs with short-muzzles, such as boxers, pugs, and mastiffs, have an even more difficult time breathing during hot, humid days.
Dogs and cats don't sweat like humans, they pant to cool themselves. But as temperatures reach 99 degrees, panting no longer cools. Loud, rapid panting, however is one of the first signs of heat exhaustion. Other signs include rapid pulse, glazed eyes, excessive salivation, elevated body temperature, excessive whining or agitation, staring, vomiting, and white or bluish gums. Only one of these symptoms has to be present to indicate your pet may be in trouble.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, cool your pet immediately by placing him in the shade and sponging or hosing him down with cool water, especially on the head, feet, and groin area. Give him a small amount of water to drink. Once your pet's temperature is back to normal, take him to your veterinarian for immediate care.