Sweating Out The Summer
We all know it's dangerous to keep a pet in the car, but even every day activities can be risky for pets when it's hot out. Since pets can't sweat like people do, they can be more susceptible to heat-related issues.
For instance, we recently saw a claim for an English Bulldog who suffered from heat stroke – just while he was resting in the shade. He was in the animal hospital for two days, and the veterinary bill was more than $1,200. In another claim, a Black Lab suffered from heat stroke after joining his parent on a hot day's jog.
What are the symptoms?
Excessive panting and a bright red tongue can be initial signs of heat stroke. Other symptoms can include restlessness, agitation, drooling and lethargy.
What should you do?
Take your pet out of the heat and into a shady or air conditioned place. Offer water, and try cooling your pet with a wet towel. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Which pets are at risk?
All pets are at risk – even indoor cats, especially if they don't have access to air conditioning. Some pets, like those with health issues or dogs with short muzzles, may be at higher risk. Ask your veterinarian about your pet specifically.
Hopefully, your pet will keep cool this summer. But if your furry friend does have trouble in the heat, your accident coverage can help you manage the costs of care.