Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

The Summer months can be extremely uncomfortable and very dangerous for people and pets! It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, but add in thick humidity and June through September can be awful. We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow these tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy while hot.

1. Don't leave your pets in a parked car for extended periods of time! Even with the car running and the air conditioner on, the temperature in the car with the windows open on an 85 degree day can reach well over 100 degrees in a 10-minute period. This can cause irreversible organ damage including long term brain damage or even be fatal.

2. Humidity is just as dangerous as heat! It is important to remember that not just the ambient temperature can be dangerous, the humidity can also affect your pet. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket.

3. Limit exercise on hot days! Adjust the intensity, type, and duration of exercise in accordance to the temperature outside! On hot days, limit exercise and walks to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt can get very hot and burn your pets paws. Stick to grass if possible or buy the special pooch booties. Always remember to carry water to avoid dehydration.

4. Provide shade and water if they are outside! Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Tree shade, porches, and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct airflow.

5. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool! Not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear floatation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or sale from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.

6. Remember that food and drinks commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets! Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression, and comas, Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet.

7. Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations. Do not use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it's best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof area of your home.

8. Watch for signs of heatstroke! Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some sings of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, and lack of coordination. Animals that are at particular risk for heat stroke are breeds like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs or cats with short muzzles-will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

*Treating heatstroke: Get your pet into an air-conditioned area and apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest area. Let them drink small amounts of cool water. Take them directly to your veterinarian as quickly as possible!

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Monday
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