Protect Companion Animals from Extreme Heat
Thank you Dane County Humane Society for this important message!
· NEVER leave an animal in a parked car in hot weather. “Even with windows open, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly heights in just a few minutes,” says Viney. In Madison, there is an ordinance against leaving a dog unattended in a car for more than 15 minutes.
· Be alert for the signs of heat stroke—heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red tongue. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help immediately from your veterinarian.
· Limit walks to the cooler hours in the morning or evening. When away from home, carry a thermos filled with fresh, cool water.
· Dogs can get sunburned too! Protect hairless and light-coated dogs with sunscreen when your dog will be outside in the sun for an extended period of time.
· If your dog has to be outdoors, they must have a sheltered area to cool down and plenty of fresh, cool water at all times.
· The elderly, the overweight, and pets with short muzzles such as Pugs or Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke. Be extra sensitive to the needs of high-risk animals.
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