Keep your pet safe from heat stroke!
19 September, 2011
We have been experiencing record high temperatures this summer and droughts throughout the country. Similar to humans, pets can get heat stroke in these extreme temperatures and there are many easy ways to avoid it.
While some are rather obvious, it never hurts to be reminded that our pets feel the heat as much as we do. I sometimes forget that if I am hot or thirsty, my cat, Sammy, must be the same.
Below are some easy tips to help keep your pets cool and comfortable.
Outdoor Pets should be brought inside.
Bring outdoor pets inside and give them cold water, a cool place to hang out, and limit physical activity until it cools down outside. Even if your dog wants to play fetch and run around, do what you can to keep him or her calm enough until it’s nice enough to go play in the yard or take a long walk. No matter how much your cat or dog whines and scratches at the door, keep them inside too.
Limit outside playtime
Limit playtime during the hottest times of the day. Early morning and late evening are the best times to take the long walks, a jog, or a trip to the dog park. The ground is a little cooler, the temperature isn’t as high as it was, and the sidewalks shouldn’t be burning anymore. If the ground is too hot for you (touch it with your hand), then take quick walk or let your dog or cat ‘do their business’ and bring them back inside. A hot sidewalk can burn the paws of your dog and cat. So, be careful!
Make sure your pets get plenty of water
Avoid dehydration by having fresh water available at all times and shady spots in the yard to hang out. When it’s really hot, limit the outdoor time and keep the water bowl in the house fresh and clean.
Don’t leave your pet inside your car
Never ever leave an animal alone in a parked car. On a hot day, a parked car can become an oven. Even with the windows open the temperature of the car can become unbearable and heat stroke can happen within minutes. A car’s temperature can raise or drop several degrees in a few minutes so even a car that was blasting the air conditioning can become hot immediately.
Watch for signs of heat- stroke
If your dog or cat is panting excessively, has difficulty breathing, mild weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and/or seizures, he or she could easily be the victim of heat stroke. Take him or her to your veterinarian immediately if your pet has any of these symptoms.