Every year as the temperature creeps towards triple digits, the Arizona Humane Society’s EAMT’s™ respond to hundreds of calls for pets who are suffering from heat-related ailments.
If your pet appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion – loud, rapid panting; rapid pulse; glazed eyes; excessive salvation; elevated body temperature; excessive whining/agitation; staring and/or vomiting – attempt to cool pet down by placing them in a shaded area, applying cool water to their body; especially head, feet and groin and giving them small amounts of water to drink as you seek veterinary care. However, follow the tips below and hopefully your pet’s summer will be a safe one.
- Keep pets indoors!
- Keep Hydrated – provide pets with access to cool water at all times whether indoors or out.
- For pets that must stay outdoors:
- Made in the Shade – provide shelter that is ventilated with good air circulation in a shaded area.
- Make a Splash – baby pools filled with water are an excellent way to keep your pets cool this summer season; be sure to keep pool in shaded area and always watch children around all water sources.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – provide clean, cool drinking water in a non-metal, spill-proof container that is large enough for the specific pet; in-ground swimming pools are NOT adequate water sources and contain harmful chemicals.
- Free to Be – NEVER chain your pet up; if they get tangled up it will be difficult for them to access shade or water.
- Street Smarts – do NOT exercise your pet during the sweltering afternoon heat (hot pavement will burn a dog’s paws). If you are planning to walk your pet during the summer months do so in the very early morning hours or very late in the evening.
- Take 5 – do NOT exercise your pet strenuously – avoid long walks, hikes or excessive play. They will not know when to slow down and will not be able to ask for help until it is too late.
- No Parking Zone – NEVER leave your pet in a parked car; on a hot summer day a car’s interior temperature can reach 200 degrees in just minutes.
If you witness a pet in distress, please contact AHS EAMT’s™ at 602.997.7585, EXT. 2073 as failure to provide a pet with adequate water, shelter and/or leaving a pet in a car on a hot day can lead to animal cruelty charges.