As temperatures increase, take preventative measures for heat stroke

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While enjoying summer fun in the sun with our dogs, we need to be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke, which can be deadly.

Dog breeds with short muzzles, like French bulldogs, shih tzus, and pugs are at a higher risk of heat stroke. But no breed is off the hook.

On warm days, be on the lookout for excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, disorientation, and in severe cases seizures. If you see any of these signs, seek veterinary care immediately. Until you reach the vet, get your dog into an air-conditioned room and use room-temperature water to cool him down.

Prevent heat stroke by keeping fresh water out, exercise your pet in the morning or evening when temperatures are less extreme, and keep them inside when the summer sun is scorching.

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