Pets can suffer more than people when temperatures soar

Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, Dr. James Moore has some advice: take preventive measures to keep your pets from becoming overheated. Moore, who operates Harborfront Hospital for Animals in Spring Lake, said it is imperative that owners keep their pets hydrated during heat waves. "Water is incredibly important. It helps control their temperatures,' he said.
Len Painter
Jul 27, 2011

While the heat wave that gripped West Michigan last week has subsided for the time being, more hot weather and humidity is in the forecast for later this week. Those two ingredients can spell trouble for pets if they are not taken care of properly.

Although veterinarians and other experts are constantly reminding people about heat exhaustion dangers with pets, Moore said he sees at least two or three cases of pets being dehydrated each year.

Moore said steps can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion in pets. “Prevention is huge,” he said.

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