Pet Care in the Heat

Read on for some tips from the Humane Society and the town of Montclair for tips about how to care for your pet during the heat.

Keep your pet cool.

Hot day with dogs
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The summer might be approaching its final days, but that doesn’t mean the heat is going away any time soon. Although we might be able to cool or indoors or easily access water, don’t forget to care for your furry friends during the hot days. According to a recent announcement by the town of Montclair, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offers tips for pet owners to protect their pets during summer months.

Keep the following tips in mind to make sure your pet is safe and healthy in the heat:

  • “Never leave your pets in a parked car: On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal.
  • Shade and Water are a must: Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people.
  • Limit Exercise on hot days: Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours and be especially careful with short-nosed dogs and those with thick coats. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Recognize the Signs of Heatstroke: In case of an emergency, it’s important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian immediately. Some signs of heatstroke are: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness. If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps to gradually lower her body temperature immediately and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Follow these tips, and it could save her life: move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area; apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her; let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes; take her directly to a veterinarian.”

For more information or tips, visit the Humane Society’s website and learn more about taking care of your pets during the heat.

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