18 Jul 2023
By Humane Society of Ventura County
Pet owners! As the weather gets warmer, it's important to know the risk heat proposes to our furry friends. Excessive time in hot weather can spell danger for your animals. Check out these tips from our friends at the ASPCA to prevent your pet from overheating this season.
Give your pet plenty of water: Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so be sure to give them plenty of fresh, clean water when the weather gets warmer. Additionally, do not over-exercise your animal in the heat, and make sure they have a shady place to rest when outdoors.
Know the symptoms of overheating: Excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, and mild weakness are all signs your pet has become overheated. Animals with flat faces like Pugs and Persian cats, elderly animals, and overweight pets are more susceptible to heat stroke. Be sure to keep these types of animals in a cool air-conditioned room as much as possible.
Never leave your pet unsupervised: Leaving a pet alone in a parked car in the heat can lead to extreme heat stroke or even death. Do not leave your pet unsupervised around a pool, as not all dogs are good swimmers, and ingestion of chlorine and other chemicals can cause health problems. Open unscreened windows can pose a danger to pets as they can fall or jump out of them if unsupervised. Do not let your pet linger too long on hot asphalt, as their bodies and paws can heat up quicker being lower to the ground.
Do not shave your pet: Feel free to trim longer hair, but never fully shave your pet. The layers of a dog’s coat protect them from overheating and sunburn. Cats should be brushed more often than usual to prevent heat-related health problems.
Visit the vet for a Summer checkup: Be sure to get your animal tested for heartworm if they are not already on year-round preventative medication.
For more tips on how to keep your pet safe during the heat, please visit the ASPCA website.