Summer is here in Vegas – and that means temperatures soaring well over 100 degrees for much of the summer. Pets have a higher internal temperature than humans and they can get hot very quickly. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and cool during the hot summer months.
Most important – NEVER leave your pet in the car!! It is surprising how many people still leave their pets unattended in their cars when they run into a store for a few minutes. On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in 15 minutes or less.
Always keep plenty of cold, fresh water available. Exercise early, in the cooler times of the day. Carry water and a foldable water bowl on walks and hikes. Avoid hot pavement, which can burn the pads of your dog’s paw.
Dogs can’t sweat. The only way for a dog to cool down is to pant. Don’t leave your pet out in the yard for too long. Many dogs enjoy a quick cool down bath. Use a garden hose or use wet towels to cool down your dog or cat. If your pet really loves water, a child’s pool can be an excellent way for them to play and stay cool.
The above tips will help you keep your pet safe and cool this summer. However, it is important to know the warning signs of overheating in pets. Symptoms are excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. If you think your pet may be overheated, get your pet out of the heat and into shade immediately. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. It is important to get them to a vet ASAP.