Pets and heat don't mix

August 12, 2009 4:49:12 AM PDT
With the heat index in the Triangle hovering around the triple digits, the SPCA is warning pet owners to be on the lookout for problems.Click here to send us pictures of you and your pet beating the heat.

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Whether it's being tethered outside or left in a locked car, the heat can be lethal for animals.

Leaving an animal in a car for long periods is not only unsafe, the SPCA points out that it's illegal. It's asking people to report incidents to police and even print out fliers to educate drivers.

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The SPCA says the signs that an animal is in heat distress include excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination.

  • If the dog shows any of these symptoms, move them to shade or air conditioning right away.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or preferably immerse the animal in cool (not cold) water.
  • Try to get them to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take them directly to a veterinarian.

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