Symptoms and treatment of pets in distress

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Symptoms

• Excessive, loud panting and drooling

• Difficulty breathing

• Lethargic; refusing to do anything after exercise

Treatment

• Gradually cool to prevent shock

• Place in air-conditioned room

• Wrap paws in water-soaked towel

• Spray rubbing alcohol on pads of feet, careful not to allow animal to lick fluid

See a veterinarian immediately if the dog cannot stop panting after several minutes, collapses or becomes unconscious.

Sources: Kenton Rexford of the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

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