Pet Safety Tips in the Heat
Summer time isn’t just hot for people it’s also hot for animals!
- Never leave your pet in the car. In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even when the outside temperature is only 70 degrees.
- If you see an animal locked in a hot car write down the license plate number and immediately inform someone. They may make an announcement throughout the location. If the owner doesn’t return promptly call local animal control or the police department and wait till help arrives.
- Hydration is just as important for pets as it is for people. Give your pets plenty of fresh water to drink. Keep water bowl in a shaded area so it will stay cool. Do not use metal bowls because they heat up faster and could burn your pet’s tongue.
- Shade is a great way to help keep your pet cool while outside. A little swimming pool is also a good way to keep them cool and let them have fun.
- Limit amount of exercise by keeping them out of direct heat. Which in turn will keep them from having heat strokes. Don’t let them walk on hot asphalt because it can burn their footpads. If it’s too hot for bare feet then it’s too hot for bare paws. Walk your dog early in the morning or late at night so it’s cooler.
- Signs of heat stroke – Excessive panting, discolored gums, drooling, vomiting, seizures, rapid heartbeat and mobility problems
- Humidity also affects pets just like people. Dogs however pant to cool themselves down. If it’s too humid the heat won’t evaporate making it impossible for them to cool off.
- Don’t rely on just a fan to cool your pet’s temperatures. Dogs sweat through their feet and a fan won’t be enough. Feed them ice or freeze peanut butter in a toy that they can lick to cool off.