Dogs get singled out the most when it comes to heat-related warnings, but all animals are susceptible to this kind of danger, even indoor pets. For example, if you own cats that are very fluffy or heavy, make sure you are keeping an eye on them for signs of breathing difficulties, as that can increase in this type of weather. Owners of large animals such as horses need to be aware of hydration levels, access to cool water, and even consider limiting their time outside unless covered and shaded options are accessible to them.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind this next week:
- - Consider walking your dogs mostly in the mornings and evenings, and when walking in the afternoons, stick to cooler spots such as grassy areas. Always make sure if you are walking them on pavement, concrete, or other surfaces that you use the palm of your hand to test the temperature.
- - Indoor areas need to be kept cool for pets too. Even if you have to go out to work or run errands, if your house is hot and humid, consider closing your pets off in a room where they can have their own fan providing circulation.
- - If you are spending time outside with your dogs (*DO NOT ALLOW DOGS OUT ON THEIR OWN IN THIS HEAT) make sure you are watching them closely for signs of heat exhaustion, and assure they have access outside to cold water and shady spots to cool off.
- - Know your dog's breed and whether they may be more prone to issues on days like these! Don't risk it if they are, remember they won't know when to slow down, and don't know how to tell you no. Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs are much less suited for humidity and heat.
As always, if you notice or suspect ANY signs that the heat is bothering your pets, you should seek veterinary attention immediately as issues like heatstroke can develop quickly and turn deadly FAST