Here is Texas the temperatures are already well above 90 and continuing to rise. It is important that you not only take steps to prevent your pet from suffering in the heat, but that you also recognize signs of heat stroke!
HOW TO PREVENT HEAT STROKE IN YOUR PET:
1. Never leave your pet alone in the car, even to “dash in” somewhere. When it’s 85 degrees outside, the inside of a car becomes over 120 degrees in just 30 minutes. Imagine how hot the car will be after only 5 minutes when it’s 100 degrees outside. Don’t be fooled, cracking windows does little to alleviate the heat. Please, just avoid the practice altogether!
2. Provide your pet with a constant supply of clean, fresh water and shade at all times while outdoors. Want to get creative in cooling them? Consider filling a milk jug with water, freezing it, then leaving it in a cool, shaded spot outside. It provides them with something cool to cuddle up to!
3. Remember, if it’s too warm for you, it’s definitely too warm for your pet! Not only are they wearing a fur coat, their body temperatures are also higher than that of humans. Always excercise caution!
RECOGNIZING HEAT STROKE IN YOUR PET: