Its hot out there and as the summer winds down and the temperatures rise up its important to keep a few summer specific safety concerns in mind. Remember your dogs and cats are more sensitive to heat than we are, especially if they have been inside with the A/C for most for most of the summer. They do not sweat except through the pads of their paws.
Here are some tips we can offer:
- When it’s 72 degrees outdoors, a car can heat up to 116 degrees in less than one hour. Report the car’s make, model and plate number to the nearby business to try and locate the owner. If you are unable to locate an owner, you can call a non-emergency number (animal control or the local police) and wait for them to arrive. Rolling down windows has little effect on the temperature within the vehicle. If you are traveling with your pet in the car, please be considerate of their needs for safety and well being.
- Heat Stroke can happen quickly and easily. They can especially happen in pets that are overweight, elderly and/or have heart or lung diseases. Pugs and Persian cats cannot pant effectively and are also more susceptible to heat stroke.
- Tightly secure screens and windows
- Keep your pets away from areas that have been sprayed with insecticides and keep products with citronella away from your pets. Know the number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435 or call Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008
- Hot asphalt can burn your pet’s feet. Keep your pet off of hot asphalt when possible.
- Not all pets are good swimmers and should be supervised when around pools. Make sure they wear flotation devices if your dog rides on a boat with you. Chlorine can cause an upset stomach in your pet if he drinks it. It can also irritate their skin.
- Beware of the foods accessible to your pet during BBQs as some may be poisonous to pets.
- Pets can be burned by fireworks, and many contain toxic substances which are hazardous to pets.
- Alcoholic beverages not only can cause intoxication, but also depression and coma in your pet.