Staying safe in the heat: Keeping your pets safe

Summer in Minnesota means two things:

2. Humidity
(3. Mosquitoes too, but that’s a blog for another day…)

If you’ve lived in Minnesota or another area with hot, HOT summers, you’re most likely well aware of how to keep yourself and your family safe in the heat. Drink lots of water, wear light colored clothing and head inside to the comfort of your air conditioner when it’s just too hot.

But what about the furry members of your family? Do you know how to keep your pets safe in the heat?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers these tips for keeping your pets safe in the heat:

Watch for warning signs of heat exhaustion
Look for symptoms of overheating such as excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. It is also important to note that pets with flat faces, such as Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively.

Don’t leave pets in a parked car
“On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Not to mention leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in some states.

Know when to head indoors
Keeping your pet hydrated with fresh, clean water is one way to help them beat the heat, but sometimes it’s just best to head indoors to the comfort of your central air conditioner. If you’re uncomfortable in the heat, your pet is probably uncomfortable too!

Give your pet a hair-cut
Trim longer hair on your dog, but it’s important that you never shave your dog. The layers of a dog’s coat protect him or her from overheating and sunburn. Also be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

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