Keeping pets safe in the heat of summer

Keeping pets safe in the heat of summer
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With high temperatures forecast for this week, the Dane County Humane Society is reminding pet owners to keep their furry friends safe from the heat.

“We always want to stress caution during these times,” Marissa DeGroot, Dane County Humane Society public relations coordinator, said.

Animals are just as susceptible as humans to heat related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Excessive panting, drooling and vomiting are some warning signs. DeGroot offered some tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat.

Make sure your pet stays hydrated by keeping their water bowl full.

“You’re providing your pets with plenty of water,” DeGroot said. “You may even have to fill the bowl even more often than normal.”

Adding ice cubes to the water could offer even more relief.

Limit walks and time at the dog park. DeGroot recommends going when the temperature is cooler.

“Keeping those walks nice and short, and during a little bit cooler times during the day, because that pavement can get really hot for your pet’s feet,” DeGroot said.

If the pavement is too hot for a person, it is too hot for a dog. If you can’t hold the back of your hand to the pavement for more than seven seconds, it’s too hot for a dog to walk on.

Do not leave animals in the car, even with the air conditioning on. Even with the windows down, the car can reach up to 120 degrees, according to DeGroot.

“That’s never a safe situation to be putting your pet in,” DeGroot said.

Watch for coolant leaks. Coolant can taste sweet to dogs, according to DeGroot, but it is poisonous.

Don’t forget to keep all of your pets cool this summer.

“Keep your pups cool during this time,” DeGroot said. “But, also don’t forget the rest of your pups at home, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in the house. Be sure you’re making sure your kitties and critters are staying safe at this time.”

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