It’s a summer for the record books, with temperatures outside consistently reaching sweltering heights. That doesn’t mean your pet needs to stay inside until October, but it does mean that you have to be extra vigilant about keeping him or her safe from the heat. Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC) has some great reminders about pet safety in scorching hot temperatures:
Do Not Leave Pets in the Car! Each year, hundreds of innocent pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in the car. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s website, “The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30 degrees…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes.” For example, if it is 70 degrees outside, in a matter of just 25 minutes the temperature inside the car can jump to around 100 degrees.
Outside Playtime Can be Dangerous. Most pets know when enough is enough, but others do not. Keep outside exercise and playtime to a minimum while temperatures are high. If your pet is showing signs of exhaustion and/or fatigue, it is time to move to a cooler location.
Shade and Water are Very Important. If you are participating in and/or attending a summertime event, remember to bring water. Research the location to make sure that shade will be easy to access. Dogs become easily exhausted from heavy panting and the sun–making sure that shade and water are available will allow them a safe place to rest and refresh.
Asphalt & Paws Do Not Mix. Think of how it would feel to walk on a hot surface with your bare feet…ouch! Hot asphalt can burn your pet’s paws. Keep this in mind when taking your dog for a walk and/or attending summertime events.
Dr. Edward Payne, VSC’s head of emergency and critical care stresses that“if you have any concern[s] regarding your pet’s health, please contact your primary care veterinarian or the closest emergency facility. In the heat, summer fun can quickly turn dangerous for our pets.”
So get out there and enjoy the outdoors with your pets! Just make sure to always follow these important safety reminders.