Animals are all around. You probably see multiple dogs and cats in your neighborhood alone. One thing to keep in mind is that these animals can be dangerous. Of them, dogs are the pets that can cause the most significant bite injuries.
Miami is hot, and there is no question that the weather can have an impact on your own health and hydration. The same is true for animals. In the heat, there is a chance that some pets could become aggressive or aggravated. It’s important to recognize the signs of an ill pet to help avoid bites.
How can you recognize a dog dealing with an illness, such as heat stroke?
Heat stroke is obvious in dogs because of their excessive panting and unwillingness to move. Some dogs may be unable to move on their own.
- Some other signs of heat stroke in dogs include:
- Uncoordinated movement
- Excessive drooling
- Reddened gums
What should you do if your neighbor’s pet, or your own, is ill?
Sick or injured animals have a propensity to bite when they are able because they are trying to protect themselves. If your neighbor’s pet, or your own, is ill, make sure you wear long sleeves, gloves and other protective gear to handle them. It’s important to get them help right away if they are showing signs of heat stroke, but the dog might lash out. You may consider bringing a comforter or large blanket out to wrap up the pet while transporting it to a cooler environment or the veterinarian.
If an animal is sick, call for help. If others can’t assist you immediately, take steps to avoid bites while assisting the pet.