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Fidelco advises pet owners how to avoid heat stroke for dogs

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With high temperatures and humidity expected this week, the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is giving Connecticut pet owners tips to avoid their pet from getting heat stroke.

Dogs with shorter noses, that are overweight and have heart or lung disease, as well as puppies and senior dogs are at the greatest risk for heat stroke Fidelco officials said in a statement Monday.

Pet owners are advised to look for the following symptoms:

  • Panting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Drooling
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

Dogs possibly suffering from heat stroke should be moved to a shaded and cool area, Fidelco officials advised.

Pet owners should not use cold water or ice to cool the animal down, but instead place cool, wet towels on the back of its neck and other areas, Fidelco officials said.

However, pet owners can wet the ear flaps and paws of their dog with cool water.

"Directing a fan on these wetted areas will help to speed evaporative cooling," Fidelco officials said.

Fidelco officials said pet owners should not force their dog to drink water, but have it available.

Dogs should not be left unattended for any length of time, Fidelco officials said.

"Do not ever leave any animal in a hot car for any reason or any length of time under any circumstances," Fidelco officials said.

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