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Keep your pet safe this summer

July 19, 2015
Estherville News

The summer months can be uncomfortable as well as dangerous for you and your pet. That is why is important to take extra steps to keep your pet safe. They rely on you and give their unconditional love on a daily basis, so it is up to you to take responsibility in ensuring their safety.

Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even with the windows cracked or the air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures can rise very quickly in a vehicle. According to the Humane Society website, on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes and 120 degrees within 30 minutes.

Not only are high temperatures dangerous but also high humidity. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity level is high, pets are unable to cool themselves and their body temperature rises to harmful levels.

Limit your pet's exercise on hot days. Try exercising them in the morning or evening hours as well as on the grass. Hot asphalt can burn their paws and short-nosed pets typically have difficulty breathing. Always carry water for your pet.

Anytime your pet is outside, make sure they have plenty of water as well as a shaded area to protect them from the heat and sun.

Pets are also susceptible to heat stroke. Some signs are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, vomiting, seizure and a deep red or purple tongue.

Help your pet beat the heat this summer and take steps keep them cool and hydrated. No pet should have to suffer the heat because you left him or her in the car or were too lazy to fill his or her water bowl.




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