Our concerns this month should definitely include our furry friends when the temps are reaching triple digits and it's just plain hot!
- Keep your dogs and cats indoors during the heat of the day.
- Run your AC or at least keep air circling with fans.
- Always keep fresh water handy and change it frequently adding a few ice cubes.
- If, for any reason, your dog must remain outside during the day always make sure he is in a shady area with plenty of water to drink. Place a kiddie pool nearby in case he wants to take a dip to cool off.
- If you let your children run under the sprinkler, let your dog join them! It's best not to do this during the hottest part of day.
- NEVER leave a pet in a car even if parked in the shade with the windows down when the outside temperature is anything over 70 degrees.
The Humane Society of the United States advises being aware of stressful signs like heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, lethargy, lack of coordination and seizures indicating severe dehydration and heatstroke. Move your pet to a shady area or air-conditioned area. Apply a cold wet towel to their head, neck or chest or run cool (not cold) water over their body. Offer a small amount of water or lick ice cubes and keep them calm. Take directly to your veterinarian.
Walking your dog should only be done in early morning or late evening and be sure to carry water with you. Walk on grass if possible. Concrete areas can burn your dog’s pads severely.
Be mindful of other animals too. Birds need fresh water daily. Remember the homeless animals and keep a bowl of water under a bush or the edge of your property.
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