Published: September 5, 2017
Keeping your pet safe is important year-round and
especially during heat waves. Here are some helpful tips that could save a
- Pets can become dehydrated quickly so provide
plenty of fresh, clean water
- If your companion is outdoors, make sure they
have a cool, shaded area to escape the heat
- Every year dogs suffer heat stroke and die
when left in parked cars. Leaving windows down and parking in the shade is NOT
enough to prevent this. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle.
- Watch of signs of overheating (excessive
panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, weakness or collapse). Call your
veterinarian immediately if you notice these symptoms.
- Be careful on asphalt. Not only can the heat
of the asphalt heat up your pet (who is closer to the ground than you), but
their sensitive pads on their paws can burn.
- Limit exercise and activities to cooler times
- Check with your veterinarian on the best ways
to cool and care for your companion during the heat.
More tips on keeping your pet healthy and safe in hot
weather can be found on the AVMA website or the ASPCA's page.