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Here's how to keep your furry friends safe in the heat

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Drooling, excessive panting, lack of coordination are signs your pet may be in distress

To keep your pet safe, it's important to give it access to cold, fresh water at all times and provide shade. (CBC)

As the heat continues to grip Vancouver, keeping furry friends safe from the heat is top of mind for many pet owners.

Veterinarian Harjeet Makkar said there has been a spike in dogs coming in with symptoms of overheating. Heat stroke in pets can lead to multiple organ failure, and be fatal.

Warning signs

There are several tell-tale signs that a dog or cat may be in distress, including:

  • Drooling
  • Excessive panting
  • Bright red gums
  • Lack of coordination and lack of balance
  • Body feels hot to the touch
  • Low skin elasticity — an indication of dehydration

Overweight, very young, very old, and dark-coloured animals are particularly sensitive to high temperatures.

If you do suspect your pet may be overheated, douse them with cool water. (CBC)

Makkar said to keep your pet safe, it's important to give it access to cold, fresh water at all times and provide shade.

Spraying your pet with a mister can also help lower your animal's temperature.

Outdoor activities with pets should be limited to the early morning or evening hours.

If you do suspect your pet may be overheated, do not panic.

Take them to a cool, shady area, and douse them with cool water or wrap them in a damp blanket. Then, take them to a veterinarian.

Outdoor activities with pets should be limited to the early morning or evening hours. (CBC)

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