Please Leave Your Pet At Home in Hot Weather!
102degrees! On a 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees, even with the windows have been left open and inch or two.
Within 30 minutes, the car’s interior can reach 120 degrees. When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter.
Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun. Pets most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating): young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark colored coats.
If Your Dog Is Overcome By Heat:
Bring down the body temperature by soaking the animal in cool (not ice) water, but make sure water does not get into mouth or nose of an unconscious animal. Seek immediate veterinary care.
HOT WEATHER TIPS
- Get a veterinary checkup before traveling and make sure you have the necessary vaccination certificates for the area you will be visiting, as well as flea and tick treatments.
- Carry a gallon thermos of cold water or bring along a two-liter plastic bottle of water you froze the night before.
- Exercise your pet during the coolest parts of the day (dawn and dusk), and never immediately following a meal.
- Hot asphalt and tar can burn sensitive paw pads.
- Walk your pet on grass or on dirt when possible
- Provide shade when your pet is outside on a hot day