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  • 8 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe and Cool in Summer

    Be Sure To Follow These 8 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe and Cool in Summer -- Woof, Woof!

    We wait all year for summer, then the long days are here to swim, play and sun. Our pets are part of our lives, so in many cases they are involved in the activities during the warmest months of the year.

    But before you take your fur-covered pal out into the sunshine, make sure you understand how your pet handles the heat, as well as other summertime temptations. People process hot temps different than dogs. We can sweat. Dogs don’t sweat.

    Dogs have a higher body temperature than people at about 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and their bodies just aren't as efficient at cooling down as humans.

    The only sweat glands your furry companion has are on his nose and the pads of his feet. The primary way he brings his body temp down is through panting and breathing.

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe on Summer Days

    1. Dogs and cats can quickly dehydrate, so make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water at all times – but especially during hot weather. If your pet will be outside in the heat any length of time, he should have access to complete shade, preferably be on the cool grass, and have an ample supply of drinking water. Play in the sprinkler with your dog or hose down with cool water if outside for any length of time in hot weather.

    2. Exercise your dog in the morning or evening during the coolest temps of the day, stay in the shade whenever possible, and keep all your animals indoors when it's extremely hot, generally considered to be 90 degrees F. or hotter.

    3. Regardless of the time of day, don't overdo exercise sessions. Long periods of exercise in hot weather, even after the sun goes down, can bring on heatstroke – especially in flat-faced dogs that pant less effectively than breeds with longer muzzles.

    4. Never, EVER leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle on a hot day. Your car or truck cab can become a furnace very quickly, even with the windows open, and can cause a fatal case of heatstroke in your beloved pet. Aside from the risk of serious illness or death for your pet, leaving pets unattended in vehicles in hot weather is illegal in many states.

    5. Make sure your dog knows how to swim before giving her access to a pool, pond, lake or other body of water. Not all dogs, even breeds known for their affinity for water, instinctively know how to swim. Introduce your pup to water gradually and use a floatation device if possible, especially when boating. Even excellent swimmers can get injured or worn out from exertion and floatation devices can keep your dog in sight until rescued. If your dog doesn't listen to the 'come' command, always attach a long rope to flotation device so you can 'reel' your dog in if needed.

    6. Don't walk or otherwise subject your dog (or cat) to hot pavement. Not only can this result in burns to tender paws, but because animals are close to the ground – and the ground is much hotter than the air – your animal can quickly overheat. And remember – the paws are a sweat gland.

    7. Keep your pet safe from toxic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides commonly used during spring and summer months.

    8. Be mindful of fireworks displays. Many animals suffer extreme fear from the noise, and the explosives themselves can be potentially hazardous to a curious pet.

    Know the Signs of Overheating -- Symptoms your pet is overheated include:

    • Excessive panting
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees)
    • Increased heart rate and respiration
    • Drooling
    • Weakness or collapse
    • Seizures
    • Diarrhea and vomiting

    If you have an older pet, one that is overweight or obese, an animal with a heart or lung condition, or a dog or cat with a flat face, the very best thing you can do during hot summer days is keep your pet inside in the air conditioning, with plenty of cool, fresh water to drink.

  • Don’t Let Your Dog’s Paws Get Burned On Hot Asphalt … a Dozen Summer Safety Tips …

    According to ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), we humans love the long and sunny days of summer and enjoy spending time outdoors with our furry companions. However, in our eagerness for this time we have to be sure we do not allow the hot weather to endanger or hurt our pets. Here are some simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts, with a special note to be aware of hot asphalt and to understand how dogs’ paws can easily be burned on this surface.

    Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

    1. When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
    2. Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication.
    3. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
    4. Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
    5. Animals 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.
    6. Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
    7. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
    8. Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
    9. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
    10. Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
    11. Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
    12. Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. You’ll receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.

    Did you know that ASPCA® was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world?

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