Hot Weather Pet Safety

A photo by Andrew Branch. the heat cranks up this summer, we cannot forget to educate and remind pet owners about the safety of our four-legged friends.

Read below for some great tips on keeping your pet safe in the sun!

  • No matter how tempting it may be, or how quickly you think you may run into a store, you should never leave your pet in a car (even with the windows cracked). It only takes minutes for a vehicle to act as an oven and for temperatures to soar to 120 degrees.
  • Shade and fresh, clean water should be provided to animals who may be in warmer temperatures. However, if you can, please keep pets inside where it’s safest.
  • Another good rule of thumb is to not over-do-it with exercising your pets when it’s extremely hot. If you typically walk your dog, be sure it’s during the coolest part of the day (early morning or later in the evening).
  • Pads on the feet of your pet can burn with hot pavement. You can test the street or sidewalk by putting your bare hand or foot on it to make sure it’s cool enough for them.
  • If your pet has overheated, symptoms can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, weakness and even collapse. Seizures, vomiting, a temperature over 104 and more serious side effects can also happen. Be sure to call your veterinarian immediately if you see these signs.
  • It’s also good to be aware that some pets are more prone to overheating than others. Pay extra attention to animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats (they cannot pant as effectively). They should be kept as cool as possible in air conditioning during warmer weather.
  • Consider trimming your pet’s hair a little shorter during the summer months. However, don’t clip or shave them all the way down because some hair does protect them from the temperatures and sun.

Remember these tips and you and your pet will enjoy the summer while being safe at the same time.