Summer is finally here and the daytime temps here in St. George are already topping 100 degrees. When it’s this hot and dry, it doesn’t take long for our dogs and cats to get heat stroke. Fortunately, a little bit of prevention goes a long way.
- NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG OR CAT IN THE CAR! The inside of a vehicle can reach 150 degrees F in less than 10 minutes during the summer.
- Avoid leaving your dog chained outside, in an outdoor kennel or in an uncooled garage or shed during the heat of the day. Shade is not enough to keep him or her cool during the middle of the day.
- Make sure your dog or cat always has access to fresh, cool water.
- Pug-nosed dogs and snub-nosed cats are especially susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as efficiently. Also keep a close eye on obese pets, older animals or those with medical conditions such as hyperthyroid disease or diabetes.
If you suspect an animal has become overheated or is suffering from heat stroke, immediately take steps to lower its body temperature. Hose the animal down and/or submerge it in cold water. While it is cooling, rub the legs and feet to promote circulation. Then, as soon as possible, get the animal to a vet for emergency treatment.