With yet another heat wave upon us, pet owners were again being urged to ensure their cats, dogs and other animals are kept cool.
Dogs And Cats Do Not Sweat
Animals respond differently than humans to heat, animal-control
officials said. Dogs and cats do not sweat, so they must exert more energy to
keep cool by panting. Extra care should be taken with short-nosed pets that may
have a harder time breathing.
Watch For Heatstroke
Pet owners should watch for signs of heatstroke, such as fast and noisy
breathing, difficulty swallowing and distressed behavior.
If heatstroke is suspected, pet owners should place a cold, wet towel on
the back of the animal’s head, and towel-wrapped cold compresses on their
back legs and belly. The pet should be immediately taken to the veterinarian to
List Of Tips
Other tips from city and county animal-control officials include:
— making sure the pet has fresh drinking water that is served in a
large container, instead of a shallow bowl, to allow the water to remain cold
— giving your dog ice cubes to eat or adding them to the water bowl;
— not leaving pets by themselves in cars, and keeping pets at home if
— avoid burning dogs’ paws by keeping them off of hot pavement or
concrete during walks, and if necessary, walk them early or later in the day
when it is cooler; and
— taking extra care to provide shade to pets with lighter coats, because
they are more likely to be sunburned.
City News Service.
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