It’s that time of year again, temperatures are starting to climb and it’s getting hot out there! Extreme heat can be a big danger to pets, so make sure to keep a close eye on your furry friend during those times. It’s a good idea to keep up to date on any Heat Warnings, Advisories, or Watches issued by the National Weather Service. Pets should never be left in an unventilated area such as a parked car or a hot garage. Fatalities from hot cars have occurred even in 70 degree weather! Cars heat up quickly even if you crack a window, so make sure not to leave your pets in a vehicle for more than a few minutes. Did you know that pets are susceptible to heat stroke just like humans? Symptoms to watch for include:
- Panting or difficulty breathing
- Drooling or foaming at the mouth
- Dry, tacky gums
- GI upset such as vomiting or diarrhea
- Changes in behavior such as whining, agitation, dizziness, tremors, seizures, or fainting
Some pets are more susceptible than others to heat stroke, such as elderly pets, those with medical conditions (cancer, hypothyroidism, heart conditions, etc), pets with long coats, and dogs with short muzzles (pugs, bulldogs, boxers, etc). If your pet starts displaying any of these symptoms, please call us at (573)-875-3647 immediately, if heat stroke is left untreated it can be fatal. There are several easy ways to avoid heat stroke or just plain old dehydration for your pets:
- Always have water available. Come by and see us at My Zoo for a free portable collapsible water bowl!
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Make sure there is shade available, especially for outside pets!
- If possible, monitor your pet while they are outside
By being aware of these things, you can keep your pet safe this summer. For more information, please check out https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat. Stay cool out there!