Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe When It Is Hot Outside

Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe When It Is Hot Outside

Walking/Running with Your Pet 
When the temperatures are high, do not over-exercise your pet and keep walks to a minimum. Don’t let your pet linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, their body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.

A Shady Spot
Pets can get dehydrated quickly. Give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. If it is extremely hot, it is best to just keep them indoors in the cool air-conditioned.

Zero Minutes in a Parked Vehicle
Never leave your pet in a vehicle on warm days. Even on milder days, the temperature inside a car can rise very quickly to dangerous levels. Pets can succumb to heatstroke very easily and must be treated very quickly to give them the best chance of survival.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion 
Pet may be panting excessively or have difficulty breathing, have an increased heart and respiratory rate, drool, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also have seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Pets with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Heat Exhaustion Tips 
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, call our hospital as soon as possible. In the meantime,

  • Move your pet to a shaded area and out of direct sunlight or inside.
  • Place a cool or cold, wet towel around your pet’s neck and head (do not cover your pet’s eyes, nose or mouth).
  • Remove the towel, wring it out, rewet and rewrap every few minutes to cool him/her down.
  • Keep cool water running over your pet’s body (especially the abdomen and between the hind legs) using a hose or bucket. Use your hands to massage his/her legs and sweep the water away as the water heats up by the body temperature.