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Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips

Pets do not handle hot weather in
the same way as humans. When we are hot, we sweat to release heat; dogs hang
their tongues out of their mouths. As a result, pets do not have as easy of a
time cooling off and need our protection and care to stay safe in the heat.

Follow these Safety Pet
tips
to help your family stay cool and safe this summer:

Never leave your pet
alone in the car on a warm day (let alone a hot day)

Social and news media have been doing a
good job of exposing the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car on a warm
day, even with the windows cracked. Despite these warnings, however, pets die
every year from overheating in cars. Please, never leave your pet in a car on a
warm or hot day.

Provide an annual
well check

Your pet is particularly susceptible to
heartworms, fleas and ticks in the warm weather so when warm season is
approaching take your pet in to the vet for a physical well check.

Be conscious of the
time of day you walk your dog

The full strength of the sun is at noon
so the best time of day to walk your dog is first thing in the morning or in
the evening. If it’s warm even in those times of day you should watch for signs
that your pet is overheating: glassy eyes and frantic panting mean trouble. If
you see these symptoms take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

Keep your home as
cool as reasonably possible when you are out

If you have air conditioning, keep it
on a low level throughout the day such as 76 degrees. This way your pet won’t
overheat but your bill won’t be out of control. If you do not have air
conditioning, keep a couple of windows cracked with dowels for safety and keep
as many fans running as possible. Always leave sufficient water and consider
closing curtains on windows that face the sun while you are out.

When
outside, bring plenty of water and provide access to shade

Pets can get dehydrated or experience heatstroke
much more quickly than humans. When taking your pet outside on a hot day it is
important to have plenty of water and access to shade. Take frequent rests if
out for a hike or walk and watch for signs of overheating and dehydration.

Know your breed

Some dog breeds are less tolerant to heat than others
including Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese,
Boxers, Shih Tzu’s, and French Bulldogs.
Other factors such as the age,
weight, and health of a dog can also affect tolerance to heat; puppies, elderly
dogs, obese dogs and those with health conditions need extra diligence on the
part of their owners.

Remember that our pets are relying on
us to take care of them and that if you are hot, dehydrated or experiencing
heat stroke your pet is definitely suffering too.

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Pets do not have as easy of a
time cooling off and need our protection and care to stay safe in the heat.
Follow these rel=”nofollow” >Safety Pet
tips to help your family stay cool and safe this summer.

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