How to make sure your pets stay safe in hot weather

Good Morning Utah

Heat stroke is no joke for humans and it’s no different for our four legged loved ones. The Red Cross is partnering with American Pet Nutrition for Pet Heat Safety Month in July. Rich Woodruff from the Utah Red Cross and Danielle Harnsberger from American Pet Nutrition joined Good Morning Utah with tips.

“We have to remember pets go out in 100 degree weather with a fur coat on. Pets don’t really sweat other than a little bit through their paws and so they’re trying to exchange heat and panting just doesn’t work,” they explained.

Keep plenty of water on hand, keep them hydrated, and don’t keep them out too long. Certainly keep them indoors if you can in air conditioning, especially if your dog is typically outdoors. Common breeds more at risk of heat stroke include Pug, Pekinese, Bull Dog, Shih Tzu,  Boston Terrier, bulldogs and a Cavalier Charles Spaniel.

However, no dog is immune to heat stroke. The Red Cross recommends these summer safety tips:

  • Never leave an animal in a parked vehicle if the outside temperature is over 65 degrees. 
  • Be aware of sensitive paw pads that can burn on hot asphalt where temperatures can easily reach 150 degrees.  Walk your   dog in the cooler hours.
  • Trim longer hair but never shave your dog.
  •  Keep your pets hydrated all day

Signs of overheating in pets include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, dry gums, refusal to eat, mild weakness, excessive thirst, lethargy, vomiting, seizures and unconsciousness.   However, if you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, always call your vet. 

The American Red Cross also has offers a Pet First Aid app that you can individualize for your own dog or cat. 

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