Record Breaking Temperatures Pose Threats to Pets


(Evansville, IN – June 28, 2012) Summer has arrived here in the Tri-State and it is going to be a scorcher out there for the next several days. Let’s not forget to pay close attention to our pets during this time. Outdoor pets and animals left unattended in parked vehicles are at risk of overheating and at worst, death. Taking some simple precautions can help you and your pet enjoy a safe and happy summer together.

Provide your pet shade and plenty of cool, fresh drinking water. Try putting ice cubes in heat
to keep their water cooler. Your pet needs to be able to escape the sun’s harmful rays, and water
can help fight off dehydration. Here’s a cool tip for dog owners, try freezing a Kong toy with
wet food or peanut butter. It will not only provide Fido with entertainment but it will also help
keep them cool.
Flea, tick, and heartworm preventative are extremely important during these warm months.
Fleas and ticks are out in full force, and not only are they a nuisance; they can lead to health
problems. Heartworms, which can be fatal, are transmitted by mosquitoes.
Don’t leave pets unsupervised around the pool. Not all pets are good swimmers.
Move exercise sessions to early mornings or evenings when it isn’t as hot. Avoid going for
long walks or engaging in outdoor play sessions during the hottest periods of the day. Keep
in mind that asphalt becomes extremely hot in the summer and can burn the pads of your pet’s
feet. It is best to walk them in the grass.
Giving Fido a lightweight summer haircut may help to prevent overheating, but don’t shave too
close to the skin. Leave at least an inch of hair, so he’ll still have some protection from the sun.
Know the signs of heatstroke, which can include excessive panting and drooling, increased
heart rate, weakness, collapse, diarrhea and vomiting. If you suspect your pet is having a
reaction to the heat, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle! Even with the windows cracked,
temperatures in a parked vehicle can escalate from 80 degrees to 120 degrees in just minutes.
Don’t put your animals at risk when temperatures start to climb. Please keep your pets at
home in the air conditioning. They’ll be safer and happier