Heat Safety for Pets
The extreme heat isn’t just dangerous for people. It can also be hazardous and potentially deadly for our pets as well.
News 25’s Kendra Turley has tips on how to keep your animals safe.
Every day activities, such as taking your dog for a walk, should be done with caution as temperatures continue to rise along the Coast.
Veterinarians encourage pet owners to stick to the shade and avoid walking your pet on asphalt. This could mean cutting play time and walks a little short or changing the time frame you normally spend with your dog outside.
Since our furry friends can’t communicate their feelings, all pet owners should be aware of the different signs of heat exhaustion. Symptoms include excessive panting, high fever and vomiting.
If your pet shows any of these symptoms, relocate them to an air conditioned area as soon as possible. Veterinarian and owner of Lakeview Animal Hospital George Scheffield said, “Always get their temperature rectally. That gives you a good judge of whether they’re overheated or not. If they are, what you can do is use rubbing alcohol and you want to be able to apply that alcohol to the paw pads.”
If you must leave your pet outside for long periods of time, make sure there is plenty of shade and cool water nearby.
Steer away from cutting your pets fur. Many animals need that hair to regulate their temperature.
Never leave you pet unattended inside of a locked hot car, even if the windows are cracked.