With heat warnings and advisories in effect in most states at the moment, and especially spreading east right now, it’s time to take action and ensure that your pets are protected from heat stress.
SOME TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE:
- Provide extra drinking water, especially if your home is not air conditioned
- Open windows that have screens
- Close blinds on windows with direct sunlight
- Leave a fan switched on
- Never leave a pet in a car unsupervised (even with an outside temperature of just 70 degrees, the temperature inside a car can exceed 150 degrees in minutes)
- Bring outdoor pets inside if possible
- Provide a shaded area for them when outside
- Provide extra drinking water and replace it frequently
- Secure drinking bowls to prevent them being knocked over
- Walk away from hot pavements (pets are closer to the ground than we are, so in addition to their paws suffering from the hot pavement, their entire body feels the effect of radiated heat from the ground)
- Keep long coats short in the summer
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible
- Reduce your pet’s exercise level
- Exercise him during the cooler times (early morning, late evening)
- Overweight pets
- Pregnant pets
- Old pets
- Pets with flat faces (like Persian cats, and dogs such as boxers and pugs)
- Animals with very short hair
- Animals with pink skin and white hair
- Rapid panting
- Loud or heavy breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle twitching
- Cover him with a towel soaked in cool water, or place in bath of cool water if necessary.
- Seek veterinary attention immediately
- If you see a pet locked in a car unsupervised, call the authorities immediately – you might just save his life
Heat stroke can be fatal, and animals can succumb to its effects of in less than 15 minutes. The good news, however, is that it is preventable. With a little forward thinking and by following the simple tips above, you can reduce the chances of your pet suffering the potentially fatal consequences of heat stroke.
What are you doing to keep yourself and your pet cool right now?