Beat the Heat! Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer
It’s National Heat Awareness Day today. Sadly, every year at Woodland Vet we have at least one case of heatstroke come in. This danger is not just limited to pets in hot cars. Pets that are hiking and playing outdoors, or even just in the backyard with little shade or water, can be in danger as well.
Once the temperature rises above 85°F, take it easy with your pets! Dogs and cats can’t sweat or take off extra layers like people do. They cool down through panting. They’re simply not as well-equipped to handle activities in hot, humid weather as we are. To help keep them safe, take your walks (or runs) early in the morning, and think twice before taking your pet on hikes. Always make sure they have plenty of shade and water available. And never, ever, EVER leave your pet in a parked car.
Dr. Ernie Ward spent a half an hour in a parked car to show us what our pets go through. Even with the windows all cracked, he was miserable and dripping sweat, and the car reached 117°F!!! Please, do not put your pets through this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbOcCQ-y3OY