Like their owners, pets can get heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and the risk is greater for certain dogs, especially overweight or snub-nosed breeds and those with certain respiratory and heart conditions.
The Wisconsin Humane Society offers the following helpful tips to protect your pet from the heat:
- NEVER leave your companion animal in a parked car, even with the windows down. The inside of a parked car can reach 160 degrees in just a few minutes.
- Walk your dog only during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning and evening hours are best. Leave your animal outside for only short periods of time. Also, keep your cat indoors where they are safer.
- NEVER tie an animal outside in the sun! Always make sure they have a shady spot when outside in extreme temperatures, as well as plenty of fresh, cool water.
- Allow access to the coolest part of your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, or you turn it off while at work, make sure your companion animal can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
- Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Dogs with heart or lung diseases should be kept indoors with air conditioning.
Know The Signs of Heat Stroke!
Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke, which include:
- extreme panting
- difficulty breathing
- rapid pulse
- bright red gums
- blue tongue or lips.
Animals exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be moved to a cool place and have their body temperature lowered with cool water (do NOT apply ice), then taken to a veterinarian for further treatment.
Don’t Delay! Time Is Critical!
If you think your pet is suffering from heat exposure, contact Brook-Falls immediately to schedule an appointment.