The summer is here, and with the weekend heat we would like to remind everyone about how to keep their pet safe.
- Never leave your pet alone when you take them to run errands. If you think you're going to go somewhere that your pet can't come with you, please leave them at home. The inside of your car can reach temps of close to 120 degrees, and with your pets fur, they are typically 20 degrees warmer. Not to mention dogs and cats can't sweat, so their only way to dispel heat is through their paw pads and by panting.
- Your pet needs exercise even when its hot, so take extra care. On hot days, limit exercise to early in the morning or to the evening hours. Don't forget, your pet isn't wearing shoes, so avoid areas that hold heat like paved surfaces, etc.
- Be alert for signs of heat stress - heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting or a deep purple or red tongue (or any unnatural color).
- If your pet is overheated, move him/her into the shade and apply cool (NOT COLD) water all over the pets body to gradually lower the temperature.
- If you must apply ice packs, do so only to the head neck or chest.
- Let your pet drink small amounts of water, or lick ice cubes.
- If your pet is capable of swimming, let them! This will help keep him/her cool just like it does a person!
For any questions, contact your local shelter, or humane society.