Excessive Heat Warning!

As the summer heat wave continues, NWS Oxnard has issued yet another excessive heat warning for most of Southern California. This warning will be in effect until 8:00 pm Thursday, September 8th. Pet owners! Please keep your pets safe and indoors during this time, as they are equally at risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Check out these tips and precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating this summer. 

  1. Provide plenty of water: Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so be sure to offer them plenty of easily accessible water to keep them cool and hydrated. It is also important to keep their water in the shade or indoors to prevent it from getting hot. Pet owners may also consider a small kiddie pool or sprinkler for their dogs to keep them cool when outdoors. 
  2. Shade and indoor space: Your furry friends should be kept indoors as much as possible during high-temperature days. If you must take them outdoors, be sure they have access to shady spaces and do not spend excessive amounts of time with their paws on hot surfaces. 
  3. Overheating: As pet owners, we are responsible for knowing the signs of overheating in our pets. Such signs include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, weakness, and even collapse. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact your local vet immediately. 
  4. Unattended vehicles: NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during a heat wave. Despite what you might think, temperatures in parked cars can skyrocket even with the windows down and air conditioning on. You can prevent potentially fatal heat stroke by keeping your pets indoors and out of hot cars.
  5. Hair cuts: A small trim is acceptable, however, completely shaving your pups can be very dangerous during a heat wave. The layers of a dog's coat protect them from overheating and sunburn. 

For more tips, visit the ASPCA Pro website

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  • Amy King
    published this page in Latest News 2022-09-06 13:30:15 -0700