We all need help getting through a heat wave. For the four-legged friends, here are some tips from the SPCA:
- Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.
- Provide plenty of water. Hosing off an animal periodically will help. If an animal is overheated, don’t shock the system by trying to cool him down too quickly; do it gradually. If severe overheating occurs seek veterinarian / medical attention.
- Do not exercise animals when it is especially hot outside (for example, play Frisbee, jog or ride). Animals often are willing to please their owners to the point of endangering themselves.
- Because dogs don’t sweat, they must be allowed to pant to dissipate heat. Do not encourage them to carry objects in their mouths if they are hot.
- Remember certain dog breeds suffer more from the heat, such as English Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs and many others.
- Do not dress animals with vests, blankets, and other materials that would prevent them from keeping cool.
- Provide caged animals with extra ventilation.