Summer is here and our furry friends get hot too. Below are some simple pet safety tips:

A Pet in A Parked Vehicle Is Not Cool.

Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes—and up to 110 degrees in less than an hour—exposing animals to serious risks of discomfort, illness and even death.

During Hot Summer Months, Regular Exercise Can Be Dangerous for Pets.

Adjust activities to avoid midday sweltering temps during the summer. Remember, animals can’t cool themselves as well as we can! Take your pet outdoors during the early morning or late evening, which tend to be a bit cooler, to avoid overheating.

If Your Pet Is Left Outdoors, Ensure They Always Have Access to Shade and Fresh Water.

Since temperatures in a yard can increase to dangerous levels within a short period of time, ensure your pet has a shaded area in the yard, access back inside, and a bowl of fresh water nearby.

Protect Your Pet’s Paws on Hot Pavement.

Cats and dogs have sensitive paw pads that become vulnerable in the heat. Surfaces such as pavement, asphalt and artificial grass can become searingly hot causing blisters or burns on their paw pads. Hot pavement can also increase the overall body temperature of your pet and lead to heat stroke.

Be Aware of The Signs of Heat Stroke.

Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, you should seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible.

Source: americanhumane.org


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