How to cool off an overheated pet


Signs that a pet is developing heat exhaustion include thick saliva, excessive panting, discolored gums, rapid pulse, trembling and vomiting. An overheated pet can be cooled by pouring lukewarm or slightly cool -- but not cold -- water on its body, letting it rest in front of a fan, and letting it drink cool water, says veterinarian Edward Cooper, a professor of small animal emergency and critical care at Ohio State University's Veterinary Medical Center.

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