Heat Safety Tips

With the heat bulding next week,  the Red Cross' Heat Wave Safety Checklist offers steps anyone should take to prepare for blistering heat.

Also, Animal Aid has these summer heat tips to help keep pets from overheating: 

  • Never leave your pet in the car. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient cool air, and can provide an opportunity for your pet and auto to be stolen. 
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly.  Provide plenty of fresh, clean, cool water when it’s hot outdoors.
  • Make sure pets have a shady place to get out of the sun. Be careful to not over-exercise, and keep pets indoors when it’s extremely hot. 
  • Don’t walk your pet when pavement or asphalt is hot.  Being so close to the ground, your pet can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn.  Keep walks to a minimum during extreme temperatures.
  • Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool.  Introduce your dog to water gradually and make sure he wears flotation devices when on boats.  Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your pets from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.  Limit intake of salt or river water as well.
  • Dogs love to swim around their boats when at the dock. Be aware that this is potentially very hazardous, as marinas may have sludge, fuel and other carbon monoxide floating in the surrounding waters.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in animals.
  • Never tie an animal to a tree or post. Animals overheat extremely quickly, and panic, injury and strangulation can occur when tied up. Animals otherwise friendly may become agitated and aggressive if confined in such a manner. If you have to leave your pet alone at home, leave him indoors - preferably in a pet crate with fresh bedding and water.

Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increasing heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse.  If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.