In the last three weeks, Animal Control and Lawrence Humane Society have responded to numerous calls regarding heat-related incidences with companion animals. The humane society had as many as 14 calls in one day, resulting in the seizure of four animals.
You can protect your pet from the deadly summer heat by making sure they have access to plenty of shade and clean, fresh water.
Never leave your pet in the car, even with the windows rolled down. On a day when temperatures rise above 80 degrees, a car can reach temperatures of more than 160 degrees. That five minutes you are going to spend in the bank or store can turn into 10 minutes, 15 minutes or longer just enough time for your pet to suffer and die. The best way to care for your pet is to leave them at home.
Many people exercise with their dogs. Jogging in hot weather can be very dangerous for your dog.
Try walking or jogging in the early morning or late evening. Bring some water along for you and your pet. Watch for signs of discomfort and immediately get your dog in the shade and give it water.
Signs of overheating can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, collapse, bloody diarrhea or vomit, increased heart rate, excessive saliva, confusion or dizziness. Be sure to consult your veterinarian if your pet exhibits any sign of heat exhaustion.
Midge Grinstead is executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org