We all enjoy spending the warmer months exploring the outdoors with our favorite furry companions. But with temperatures rising very quickly, be sure not to put your pet in harms way. Check out some heat safety tips for keeping your pets cool and safe during the hot summer months.
Never leave your pets in the car
Even on warm, sunny days, the inside of a car heats up quickly, even with windows cracked. Never leave your animal alone in a parked car. If you see an animal in a car on a hot day and cannot locate the owner, call 911! Then, stay by the car until help arrives.
Watch out for hot pavement!
Dark pavement easily absorbs heat when the weather is very sunny and hot. Avoid pets walking on pavement for extended periods of time as this captured heat from the pavement can warm an animals body and potentially burn paw pads. To see if pavement temperature is too hot, place your bare hand or bare foot on the pavement. If the pavement is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet!
Provide cold water and shade
If you must have your pet outdoors or must house our pets outside, provide them with a shaded shelter, and always make sure they have plenty of cold water.
As much as we love spending time with our pets, we need to keep their safety a priority. Leave your pets at home if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time, if the weather is too hot, or if your activity level will be too intense for your animal. It is better to be safe than sorry.
A dog’s normal body temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees. If her temperature reaches 107 degrees, she can suffer brain damage or even death.
Heatstroke symptoms include: excessive panting, a sudden stopping of panting, salivation, an anxious or staring expression, weakness, muscle tremors, red tongue, blue lips, vomiting, collapse or coma.
If your dog show symptoms of heatstroke, immediately do the following:
DO NOT apply ice, since it will constrict blood flow and inhibit cooling.
Intense heat can cause the same problems for pets as it does for humans, including overheating, dehydration, sunburn and heatstroke.
For more ways to help keep pets safe, download and share our Pet Heat Safety flyer to alert others of the dangers and severity of hot weather for pets.