Trupanion reminds parents of pets to keep it cool during the
Seattle, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Seattle – July 21, 2021 – With the official hot summer days upon us, Trupanion, the leader in pet health insurance, reminds pet parents of the importance of protecting their pets from the summer heat.
Dogs and cats are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, a potentially fatal illness. In fact, Trupanion sees an increase in heat stroke demands 4.5 times more during the summer months of June, July and August.
“The hot summer days are felt more intensely than ever before and we are certainly seeing an increase in heat stroke claims,” said Dr Steve Weinrauch, chief veterinarian at Trupanion.
According to analysis of data from more than 600,000 insured pets, Trupanion recorded an increase of more than 30% in heat stroke claims for the month of June 2021 alone, compared to the same period in June 2020. Heatstroke claims often total more than $ 1,000.
For many pet parents who may have brought a new puppy or kitten to their home during the pandemic, this may be the first time they’ve experienced the effects heat can have on an animal. of company. Therefore, it is important to know and take into account the warning signs of heatstroke, including excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, and seizures.
“Heat stroke is an emergency and if you suspect your pet is experiencing extreme heat, you should move them to a cooler location and call your vet immediately,” Weinrauch added.
Pets are particularly at risk in hot cars
Since dogs and cats do not sweat, they cool off by panting. This allows the animal to exchange hot air for cool air. But if the animal is in a hot car, it exchanges hot air for hot air, which puts it at immediate risk of heat stroke.
Studies have shown that when the outside temperature reaches 85 degrees, it quickly reaches almost 120 degrees in our cars. Even when the outside temperature is a comfortable 70 degrees, the interior of a car can reach 100 degrees in just 30 minutes.
With this in mind, it is important to never leave your pet unattended in the car, even with a cracked window.
Other causes of heat stroke can include prolonged exposure to the outdoors on a hot day without shade and extreme exercise in hot weather.
Your animal’s paws
To help ease the heat during the summer months, shorts and t-shirts can be the dress code for many of us. However, our pets do not have this luxury as they are literally wearing fur coats.
And while pet parents can don a pair of flip flops to protect themselves from hot asphalt, concrete or sand, our pet’s paws are exposed and can burn on hot sidewalks and other surfaces. To avoid these hot surfaces, walk your pet during the cooler hours of the morning or evening, or stick to grass and other surfaces that stay cooler.
Overall, keep in mind that a pet will always do as asked and may not show discomfort until it actually needs medical attention. To avoid these situations, always be alert when you and your pet go outside on the hottest days of the year.
“We all want our pets to be safe, healthy and comfortable,” Weinrauch said. “Just as we are aware of the impact of extreme heat on our lives, we must be aware of the effect of weather conditions on our pets and ensure that they stay hydrated and avoid long periods of exposure. in the heat.”
Trupanion is a leading cat and dog health insurance company in the United States, Canada and Australia with over 600,000 pets enrolled. For over two decades, Trupanion has provided pet owners with peace of mind so they can focus on their pet’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the highest value in pet health insurance with unlimited payments for the life of their pets. With its proprietary software, Trupanion is the only vendor with the technology to pay vets directly within minutes of checkout. Trupanion is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “TRUP”. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. Trupanion policies are issued in the United States by its wholly owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and in Canada by Omega General Insurance Company. Trupanion Australia is a partnership between Trupanion and Hollard Insurance Company. For more information, please visit trupanion.com.