Protect Your Pets in Summer Heat

From the desk of Lucy Lou’s Pet News:

As summer approaches, we need to keep animals safe from the high temperatures. Below are some simple precautions to remember:

  • Do not leave them in the car, even if you have the windows open.
  • Keep them out of the sun at the hottest time of the day, which is between 12 pm and 5 pm.
  • Take them for walks in the early morning hours or after the sun sets.
  • Keep them indoors or make sure they have access to shade if they are outdoors.
  • Make sure to give them plenty of water, leaving extra bowls out, if necessary.

These are all common sense solutions to keeping your pet safe in the summer heat. Every year we hear of animals suffering or dying. That is because their owners did not take preventative steps to keep them safe.

I hope that everyone that reads this article will find it in their hearts to “spread the mews.” You can do this by sharing it on social media or bring the subject up in normal conversation.

And, if people don’t take you seriously about this issue? Ask them how they would feel standing outside in the 90-degree sun in their winter clothes, with no water, for five hours straight. I have a feeling that they would get the point right away!

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling and weakness. They may also have glazed eyes, fever, dizziness, and vomiting.

If your pet shows signs of heatstroke, move them into the shade or an air-conditioned room. Apply ice packs or cold towels to the face, neck, and chest areas. If you run water over them, make sure it is “cool,” not frigid. Give them small amounts of water to drink, or an ice cube to lick. If the symptoms persist, take your pet to the veterinarian right away.

You can help your animals “beat the summer heat” by purchasing cooling mats, vests, and misters. There are many inexpensive items that you can find at retail stores, like WalMart, or online at Amazon.com.

You can make them frozen treats. The Humane Society of the United States has a recipe on their website. You can also buy Kong-style rubber toys that you can fill and freeze with homemade treats.

And, if you need a quick cool down? A hose with a sprinkler attachment or spray nozzle works well in a pinch!

These are preventative measures that will keep your pet happy and healthy. If you have an idea that you would like to share, please use the Comments Section on this page. Thanks, Donna.

Photo by Diego Passadori on Unsplash.

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