Hot Weather Pet Care Tips

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from Lindsay High, director of marketing, Humane Pennsylvania

June 13, 2019

In muggy summer temperatures, your pets are at increased risk and potential health problems related to the heat handling. Keep your pets cool and safe during the summer months with these useful tips.

Pet check

  • During the summer, many pets … and people spend more time outdoors. Make an appointment with your veterinarian before Dog Days in summer to make sure your pets have a comprehensive protection plan in place to protect themselves from an increased risk of fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Our caring vets are happy to help prepare your pet summer! Visit to learn more about our veterinary services. O These are year-round problems, but it is especially important to monitor them in the summer months when there is much more time outdoors. When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, pets can become more prone to heat-related risks such as overheating. If pets are outdoors, provide adequate shade and fresh water. On humid days, it’s best to limit the amount of time your pets spend outdoors, including shortening the length of daily walks.

DO NOT leave your pets in the car

  • On warm summer days, it only takes a few minutes for the interior of a vehicle to reach dangerously high temperatures. The result can result in fatal heat stroke for your pet. Never leave your pets in the vehicle on a warm summer day. This is required by law. O This new law raises awareness of the dangers of leaving pets in parked cars and empowers law enforcement agencies to make decisions that benefit an animal by:
    Allow a police bureau, humane officer, animal control officer, or other public safety professional to remove a dog or cat from an unattended motor vehicle if they believe the dog or cat is in the immediate vicinity of an appropriate search for the operator of the vehicle Is at risk or in danger.
    To protect a police officer, humane officer, or public safety professional who removes a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle from liability for damage.
    An officer removing a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle must leave a prominent note for the owner detailing the officer’s information and where to pick the pet up.
    Updated the definition of neglect, prohibiting the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a way that would endanger the health and wellbeing of the animal.
    PA House Bill 1216, Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, Hot Cars Act

Hydration is key

  • When it’s hot and sticky outside, pets are more prone to dehydration. Give them enough clean and fresh water. If your pets are outdoors, make sure they have a shady spot to protect themselves from the glaring rays of the sun. So they stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

Keep an eye on their paws

  • When the summer sun goes down, common surfaces like asphalt or metal can get extremely hot. Watch out for these surfaces and keep your pets away from them during peak hours of the day, 10:00 to 16:00. O Exposure to these hot surfaces including hot asphalt and truck beds can burn your pet’s paws. Exposure can also increase body temperature, which can lead to overheating. For extra protection to avoid overheating, shorten walks and schedule them outside of the peak times of the day, such as going out to town. B. early morning or evening when the asphalt is cooler.

Grill limits

  • Grilling is a lot of fun, full of delicious food and drinks … for people. However, some of these items can be fatal to your pets. Make sure your pets cannot consume alcoholic beverages and human snacks are not pet treats. They can cause serious digestive problems in pets. Avocado, raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol should be avoided.
  • If your pet ingests a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) right away. Don’t induce vomiting or give anything by mouth to your pet unless specifically directed by your veterinarian.

Window security

  • Cats love window sills, it’s an ideal place to settle down and observe their surroundings. Protect your cats by making sure the window grilles are securely placed in every window in our home. When your windows are open, the screen will help keep the cats inside safe and ensure they don’t fall out of the window.

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