Last month, we wrote a blog post warning about heat stroke symptoms in dogs, but it’s important to know how to prevent such a serious condition in the first place! As the summertime weather heats up in the Montgomery County, MD area, every responsible pet owner needs to know how to keep their dogs and cats safe in the heat. Here are our top 10 heat safety tips for pets!
If your pet is exhibiting signs of heat stroke (excessive panting, dark red tongue and/or gums, thick saliva, froth at the mouth, staggering, lethargy, etc.) call us immediately at 240-252-7467240-252-7467! Heat stroke can be life threatening if not treated right away.
Our Top 10 Heat Safety Tips for Pets
Here are our top 10 heat safety tips for pets:
- Never leave your pets in a parked car – Not even for a minute! Not even with the windows cracked or the AC running! On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with cracked windows can reach 102 degrees in a little as 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature can exceed 120 degrees, meaning your pet could suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
- Limit exercise on hot days – Be careful when exercising your pets on hot, humid days. Not only does it significantly increase the chances of your pet getting heat stroke, pets with white fur and pink skin can actually get sunburned!
- Provide ample shade and water – Make sure there is a lot of shade and water available for your pets. And remember that on hot days, your pets are likely to drink more water than usual, so keep those bowls full!
- Check the pavement temperature – Feel the temperature of any surface your pet is walking on—pavement, asphalt, sand, etc.—if it’s too hot for your feet, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws!
- Know the signs of heat stroke – Knowing the signs of heat stroke can be lifesaving for your pet. Some of the most common signs include: body temperature exceeding 104 degrees, excessive panting, dark red tongue and/or gums, sticky or dry tongue and/or gums, thick saliva, froth at the mouth, staggering, disorientation, lethargy, elevated heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, collapsing, and loss of consciousness.
- Take walks in the morning or evening – You can easily avoid the worst heat of the day by taking your pet for a walk in the morning or evening when the temperatures are lower.
- Don’t leave your pet outside for extended periods of time – The only way you’ll be able to acknowledge to symptoms of heat stroke in your pet is if you’re keeping an eye on him or her. If your pet is outside for an extended period of time, the movement of the sun could eliminate shade and your pet could run out of water.
- Cool your pet inside and out – There are a lot of ways to cool your pet both inside and out. Such as a baby pool in the shade and a frozen peanut butter ball.
- Avoid doghouses in the summer – Unfortunately, a doghouse can actually trap a lot of heat, making it an unpleasant hangout for your dog when he or she is outside. Make sure there are other options for shade in your yard.
- Know your vet’s contact information – Last but not least, know your vet’s contact information in the event that your pet experiences an emergency. Our phone number is 240-252-7467240-252-7467 and we’re open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit Us Immediately in an Emergency
If your pet is exhibiting signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, visit us immediately! This is vital for your pet’s health. Contact us today to learn more about keeping your pet safe this summer.