Here in the Ozarks it is hot! With temps in the 90's and the heat index over 100, it is incredibly dangerous for critters. Lucy, Jeffie and I spend most afternoons being thankful for air conditioning in our house. We don't get to go for many car rides in the summer and our people keep a close eye on us, especially on me and Lucy due to our age.
What can you do to make sure your critters stay safe, healthy and comfortable? The good folks at the Humane Society of Missouri have some barking good tips:
•Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car. The temperature in a car can exceed 100 degrees in minutes. It is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.
•Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
•Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.
•Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun.
•If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home.
•Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather.
•When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.
•If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), right away begin applying cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!
•During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and begin heartworm prevention medication.
If you spot an animal in heat related danger, be a good soul and report it to your local or state Humane Society. Here in Missouri you can call (314) 647-4400.
Stay Safe and stay cool...