Dogs and cats succumb to heat exhaustion and heat stroke far faster than people realize. And it can be fatal.
Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to):
- body temperatures of 104-110F degrees
- excessive panting
- dark or bright red tongue and gums
- sticky or dry tongue and gums
- bloody diarrhea or vomiting
|Allie insisted on going out the other day. As soon as I saw she was panting, she went right back inside.|
Is your pet an indoor/outdoor pet? If so, make sure shade is available to your pet at all times. And always have water available for them. It needs to be placed in the shade as well, and secured to avoid accidental spills.
Here's a fun summertime tip to help your dog beat the heat:
Freeze water or broth with a fave rubber toy inside. As the block melts and the toy is revealed, it'll encourage your pet to ingest more of the wet stuff, helping him to stay hydrated.
Hot Feet Alert!
When walking your pet, remember: paw pads are sensitive and can be burned from walking on hot asphalt. OUCH! Choose grass if possible.
Pavement Test: Press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds. If it's too uncomfortable for you, it's too uncomfortable for your pet's paws. Why would you make your dog or cat do something you wouldn’t do?
Do you run regularly with your dog? Consider this: as the days get hotter, you alter your attire to compensate. Your faithful friend can’t – he’s wearing the same fur coat 24/7, 365 days out of the year.
In hot weather like much of the U.S. is experiencing, please…go running alone, and leave your dog back home where it’s cool & comfy.
Pets do not "call shotgun"
in the heat!
Does your dog love to ride in the car with you wherever you go? As much as you may love his companionship, please...leave your pet at home, not in the car.
|cat in car: depositphotos.com|
This is serious stuff, folks. Take a look at this study on the temps inside a closed car. Don’t have time to click through and view? No worries – we’ll give you a quick sneak peek.
The study begins with data from inside a car when the outside temp is only 70 degrees. Ready for the car temp? Hold onto your hats. Within 30 minutes, the temp was an unbearable 104°.
Temperatures this summer have hit triple digits in many parts of the U.S. Wanna guess how hot the inside of a car will be on a day like that? 1-oh-DEADLY.
If you see a dog left inside a car, call 9-1-1 immediately! Then, if you can, locate the owner. At the very least, leave notice that what they are doing can have fatal consequences: the HSUS has a free downloadable flyer you can print out to leave on cars with pets left unattended.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Please feel free to share. Who knows? They may help save the life of a pet!