Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Don’t forget pets during heat waves

June 15, 2018

As the summer blazes on, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is reminding residents to make sure to take care of their furry friends in the hot temperatures.

One of the most important tips commonly shared is to not leave pets in cars during the summer months, adoption supervisor Amber Pinnon said.

"Temperatures can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes," Pinnon said. "A cracked window doesn't keep the car cool enough for your pet."

She recommends leaving the air conditioning on or leaving the pet at home.

Early into the summer months, Pinnon recommends a checkup from the veterinarian. This should include a heartworm test as well as flea and tick prevention. Knowing your dog's heat tolerance also is important, keeping in mind older, obese or short-nosed dogs (such as pugs, bulldogs, Boston terriers, pekingese, boxers, shih tzu's and French bulldogs) are less tolerant of heat.

Puppies or dogs with heath issues also are less tolerant of hot weather.

Signs for dogs overheating include heavy panting, dry or pale gums, increased drooling, deep and rapid breathing and glassy eyes. Signs for cats overheating include restless behavior as they try to find a cool spot, panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off, rapid pulse and breathing, redness of the tongue and mouth, vomiting, lethargy, a stumbling, staggering gait, and a rectal temperature of over 105 degrees.

Pinnon said any outdoor exercise should be limited to the cooler parts of the morning and evening, with plenty of water for pets. She said collapsible water bowls - which are available at most pet stores - can be helpful in keeping pets hydrated.

Another tip is to try putting the back of your hand on asphalt. If your hand can't stay there for five seconds it's too hot for the dog's feet. Booties can be a good way to protect dog's feet.

Pinnon said there's still numerous animal deaths due to heat exhaustion every year, and the Humane Society would like to help prevent further deaths.

Source - Beloit Daily News

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