Caring For Your Pets in the Hot Weather
Courtesy of Marshfield Animal Control
Things to remember when caring for your pets in the hot weather:
Never leave pets inside a car. On an 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees -- even when the windows have been left open an inch or two, and even when parked in the shade.
Pets should be kept indoors during excessive heat.
If keeping a pet outside, make sure that he/she has adequate shelter from the sun and plenty of fresh water at all times.
Plan outside activities with your pets during the cooler parts of the day - early morning and evening. Limit the outside activity of your pets during the heat of the day.
During hot weather sidewalks, pavement and beach sand radiate excessive amounts of heat and can be too hot for the pads of your pet's paws. Consider that if is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your pet to walk on his paws.
Allow your pet access to the coolest part of your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, or if you turn it off while at work, make sure that your pet can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
Take extra precautions in hot weather for dogs that are elderly, overweight or snub-nosed.
If your pet is overcome by the heat, bring down his/her body temperature by soaking him/her in cool (not ice) water. If the animal is unconscious, make sure water does not get into his/her mouth or nose. Seek immediate veterinary care!
Under Animal Cruelty Laws, Police and Animal Control Officers may be authorized to enter a vehicle by whatever means necessary to remove an animal that is suffering. You could have your car damaged; you could be charged with a crime.
If you see a pet that you believe to be suffering inside a car, or outside in the heat, do not hesitate to call the police or your Animal Control Officer.