DAYTON — The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is urging pet owners to take precautions for their four-legged friends during these hot summer days:
- Limit physical activities to the cooler times of the day (mornings and evenings). Walk your pets or visit the dog parks during these cooler periods.
- Watch the humidity as it can affect your pet as well. Pets pant in order to cool their bodies and if the humidity is too high they have difficulty cooling themselves resulting in elevated body temperatures.
- If at all possible, bring your pet indoors. If not, make certain that your pet has shelter/shade to protect it from the heat and that there is plenty of fresh potable water available for your pet.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke in pets are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, vomiting, seizures and eventually losing consciousness. The very young, aged, overweight dogs are ones which are highly susceptible to heat stroke along with certain breeds (Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs for example). If your pet is suffering from heat stroke, owners should move their pet to a shaded or air conditioned area. Begin cooling the animal’s body by applying cold towels to the head, neck and chest area or by running cool (not cold) water over the animal and seek veterinary attention.
- Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle even for a few minutes or with the vehicle running and with the air conditioner on. On a warm/hot day temperatures inside a vehicle can escalate to dangerous levels in a very short period of time.
The Animal Resource Center receives many heat related calls daily and with the temperatures predicted, animals will be at greater risk. Pet owners need to take precautions for their pets at all times but particularly during these times of excessive heat.