The Heat is On!
Excessive high temperatures are dangerous not only to humans but to your furry companions as well. With hot, steamy days upon us, you can help your pet beat the heat by following these tips.
- It is against the law in Maryland to leave a pet in an unattended vehicle, even if the air conditioning is running. Overheating can kill an animal; NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open.
- When the temperature is very high, be careful of your pet’s paw pads lingering on hot asphalt as it can quickly burn them.
- Consider giving your pet a summer haircut to a one-inch length to help prevent overheating. Also, brush your cat more than usual to prevent problems caused by high heat.
- Walk your dog in the early morning or evening. If you’re planning outdoor activities with your pet, remember to carry extra water and a container for your pet to drink from.
- Take special precautions with old or overweight animals or those with heart or lung diseases. Snub-nosed dogs (Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs, Shih Tzus, etc.) have compromised respiratory systems and must be kept in air conditioning as much as possible.
- If you notice signs of overheating in your pets; excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, get help from your veterinarian immediately.
- If you prefer to leave your pets outside, always have shelter available to protect it from extreme temperatures and inclement weather. Also, consider providing a wading pool filled with water for your companion to cool off.
- Don’t forget about your livestock companions. Make sure you provide them with plenty of water. Often times, livestock owners forget that each livestock animal, including horses and donkeys, can consume 10 to 20 gallons of water per day.
For more information on keeping your pet healthy and safe in any weather condition, contact the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter at (301) 780-7200.