The weather is predicted to reach over 100 degrees the next few days. Animals that are left outdoors or that become overheated can suffer severe injuries or death.
We wanted to provide you with a few tips to care for your pets during the dog days of summer.
- Do not leave your pet inside your car! Temperatures inside of parked vehicles can increase to over 120 degrees within a few minutes. If you have to run an errand, please leave your pet at home inside.
- Give your pet extra water during the day. Cold water and ice chips can help to cool off your pet. You can also freeze treats to help cool them down.
- When your pet is outdoors, make sure plenty of cool water and shade is available. A baby pool of water is also a good way to cool down your pet.
- Be cautious of hot pavement when you take your pet outdoors. This can be harmful to the pads of its paws.
- Limit the amount of outdoor exercise for your pet.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion: excessive panting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, salivating or tremors. If you suspect your pet is overheated, put rubbing alcohol on their paw pads. If you notice any of these signs or your pet is overheated, contact your vet immediately.
Please keep a close eye on your pet this summer. The predicted temperatures are dangerous. For more information, please visit the Pawmetto Lifeline Blog.