Keeping our Pets Safe in this Hot!, Humid Summer Weather

IMG_0778Tips for keeping our pets safe in this HOT, HUMID weather!
 Never leave a pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re
parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even death. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, leave your pets cool at home while you’re on the road.
 Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
 Pets can get sunburned too, and the pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. Please work with the client if you walk a dog that may need sunscreen.
If the pet is exposed to high temperatures:
 Be alert for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
 Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower temperature.
 Apply ice packs or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
 Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
 Finally, take your pet directly to a veterinarian; it could save their life.
These tips are provided by the Humane Society of the United States and can be found on their Web
– Drink plenty of water or other cool (non-alcoholic) fluids
– Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
– Take frequent breaks in air conditioned locations
– Walk in shady areas
– SLOW the pace of your walk
– Ensure dogs get water after the walk, even if this means putting water in the crate.
– Put an ice cube or two in the bowl to encourage drinking.  Give the dog an ice cube or two to eat.
There is a lot of good info on the Federal Governments CDC site here:
Recognizing Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
 Heavy sweating
 Paleness
 Muscle cramps
 Tiredness
 Weakness
 Dizziness
 Headache
 Nausea or vomiting
 Fainting

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