With temperatures soaring to near-record highs, it’s a good time to think about how to help your pets cope with the desert heat. Here are some safety tips to follow this summer.
Most importantly, keep your pets indoors whenever possible. Make sure outdoor space includes a shady spot.
Always provide plenty of fresh, cool water, since pets can get dehydrated quickly.
Never leave animals alone in a parked vehicle. It can lead to fatal heat stroke – and it’s illegal in Nevada!
Don’t let pets linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, their bodies can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
Take walks early in the morning and keep them short.
Give your dog a summer haircut, keeping one inch of hair to avoid sunburns.
Remember that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to overheating, since they can’t pant as effectively. They, along with elderly and overweight pets, should be kept in air-conditioned rooms.
Throughout the season, be on the lookout for symptoms of overheating which include:
– Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
– Increased heart and respiratory rate
– Drooling, mild weakness or seizures
– Vomiting and elevated body temperatures of over 104 degrees
If your pet shows signs of overheating, it’s a good idea to visit your veterinarian. If your pet loses consciousness, get to the animal hospital as quickly as you can.