Today’s blog is a reminder to keep pets safe as temperatures continue to rise across the country.
In addition to ensuring pets have access to plenty of fluids and shade when outside, remember to never leave them in the car. On a relatively cool 80 degree day (by today’s standards) a car can heat up to 110 degrees in about 10 minutes.
If you see a pet in a car, even with the windows cracked, alert the authorities. Minutes count in a situation like this. In case you were wondering, yes, you can call 911.
Also, if you take your dog for a walk, be sure to recognize the signs of heat stress. They include:
- Heavy panting and rapid breathing
- Unusual staggering or weakness
- Loss of color in the gums
If your pet suffers from heat stress you must act quickly. Be sure to:
- Alert your closest emergency veterinarian
- Cool the animal down, in the shade, using cool water to slowly lower their body temperature
- Bring the animal to a veterinarian right away since the effects can be long lasting and lingering
Given some of the dangers of summer, remember to also enjoy the time you have with your pet. Please enjoy this video featuring MC Esoteric and his lab Logan (don’t forget your poop bag):