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Easy ways to protect your pets from summer heat


As the weather heats up, it’s important to keep your pet cool and comfortable. The Seattle Animal Shelter and Seattle Humane Society offer the following tips:

Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

Provide clean, cool water. For birds, make sure to also provide fruits and vegetables with high moisture content. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day.

Offer shade and a cool place to rest. Never leave an animal chained or penned in direct sunlight. If you leave animals indoors, open the screened windows, keep a fan running and provide plenty of water.

Protect sensitive paws. Try to walk your pet in the mornings or evenings. Hot sidewalks, pavements black asphalt and sand can burn a pet’s feet.

Make sure to bring water if you must travel with a pet. Don’t leave pets unattended in a vehicle. Heat and hot air can lean to brain damage or death, with temperatures often soaring past 130 degrees.

If you notice any of the following signs of heat stroke, apply cold towels to the animal’s head, neck groin and chest. You should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Excessive panting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dark or bright red gums or tongue
  • Staggering or stupor
  • Seizures
  • Body temperatures exceeding 103 degrees.

The Seattle Animal Shelter says to contact them immediately if you seen an animal that may be in need of assistance. You can call the shelter at (206)-386-7387. You can reach out to them on clicking here.

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