by NativeRemedies on June 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 am
Summer is here again, and it’s time for you to make sure your furry friend won’t get overheated. Animals tend to get easily overheated, especially if you own a long-haired pet.
In the summer heat, safety is key, particularly if you run errands and have a habit of leaving your pet in the car or even when your pet plays by themselves in the backyard.
Deadly Mid-day Errand Run
Many pet-related deaths happen in the summer time, but many of them are preventable. The statistics of deadly heat strokes happening in hot cars is unfathomable to many people, yet the danger is real: in just thirty minutes, your car can go from 85 degrees to 120 degrees, even with the windows cracked.
Researchers have found that precautions often thought to be safe, such as cracking a window or running the air conditioner prior to parking the car, were found to be inadequate because of the mass of air trapped under glass. The sun warms the air in a car under the glass much like it warms a greenhouse in winter.
Sometimes the weather forecast is a bit elusive and it’s hard to determine whether or not you can leave Fido or Fluffy in the car- that’s why the good people at mydogiscool.com created a “Is it too hot” page. This handy section allows you to put in your zip code, the temperature for the day will pop up, and a warning message will let you know it may be hot for your furry pal to be left in a car.
Backyard Time Out
Many people send their pets outside while a thorough housecleaning is taking place, company is coming over, or they just think they need some exercise. However, in the summer, this could be a big mistake. With a lack of water and ample shade, this is yet another way your pet can suffer from heat stroke.
When the in town in-laws or housecleaning can’t be vetoed, there are other ways to handle your pet instead of sending them outside into the blistering sun. Pick a room in your house that your pet can stay in until things get situated, or if your house isn’t large enough, send him/her on a play date to a friends house or even to the groomers. When your pet gets back, the guests will have had time to settle-in and the house is spick and span from pet-less cleaning.
How to Keep Your Pet Safe
The fact of the matter is this, when it comes to our pets, we have to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety. Unlike humans, animals can’t tell us when they are getting too hot, so it’s up to us to determine that.
Be especially cautious if you have a breed prone to being extra sensitive to heat exposure, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and other short-faced breeds. They are more likely to display symptoms of overheating faster, such as rapid breathing.
Below are the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke. If you sense your pet is exhibiting any of these behaviors take him or her to your local emergency vet.
Heat Stroke Signs and Symptoms:
- Glazed eyes
- Rapid pulse
- Staggering gait
- Deep red or purple tongue.