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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Protect Your Pet in Hot Weather

protect your pet in the heat

It’s important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns.

Hot Enough for You?
Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside.

  • Keep your pet free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm.
  • Learn to recognize signs of heat stress.
    • Anxiousness
    • Excessive panting
    • Restlessness
    • Excessive drooling
    • Unsteadiness
    • Abnormal gum and tongue color
    • Collapse
  • Never leave a pet in the car, even in the shade or with windows cracked. Cars can overheat quickly to deadly temperatures, even when the weather isn’t severe.
  • If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pet.
  • Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day.
  • Avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt, that can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Make sure the plants in your garden and yard are safe for pets.
  • Store lawn fertilizer and insecticides out of reach of your pets.
  • Always follow safety instructions on lawn and garden products, particularly the instructions on how long you should keep pets out of the treated areas.
  • If you use a lawn service, make sure they are aware that you have pets.
  • Compost can be dangerous to pets, make sure your composting area is pet proof.

Also, make sure all pets have properly fitting collars with current contact information on their ID tags. Microchip ID’s cannot be lost and are appropriate for both dogs and cats! The Shelter does Microchipping through our One Stop Program: www.scanimalshelter.org/one_stop_program.


The tips are from the Rutland Humane Society newsletter.


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