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The heat is harming my dog. What can I do?

Is the panting excessive? (Photo: Flickr/Michael Gil)

The heat is harming my dog. What can I do?

July 23, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided by a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: I had to leave my dog (pit bull mix) outside today. We don't have air conditioning and it's very hot. I left plenty of water, but she is lethargic and very old, and not eating much. What should I do?

A: The lethargy and low appetite could be related to the insufferable heat we have been having. This is normal. If she had heat stroke or even heat stress she would be panting excessively, perhaps some drooling and seeming disoriented.

If she is not panting excessively and seems to be resting comfortably, then simply offer her some cool water to drink or even ice cubes. This can be more effective than wiping her down. Monitor her closely and keep her environment as cool as possible (fans are good).

-- Answer from Dr. Zoe, veterinarian on JustAnswer.

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