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Our cats and dogs aren’t the only animals that need special attention during the unbearable summer temperatures. Horses and other large animals get hot, too.
Though they may not express it in the same way as our domestic pets, heatstroke is still common among large animals, and prevention is the best cure.
“The important things to consider during summer heat for animals are similar as for humans,” said Dr. Leslie Easterwood, assistant clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “It is best to provide clean, fresh water at a rate higher than they would be losing due to sweat.”
The progression from dehydration to heat exhaustion and ultimately heat stroke can occur rapidly.
Providing your large animals with access to plenty of water and shade is the most important way to keep their body temperatures under control. Just as with humans and other animals, the higher the temperature or activity level, the more water is required to cool the body.
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