With the “dog days” of summer upon us, it is important to keep your favorite furry friend in mind. Dogs and cats cannot sweat like humans can, and therefore, have a much more difficult time dealing with the extreme heat of the summer, especially without air conditioning.
Watch the video below to see NFL Arizona Cardinal superstar, former LSU great, and dog lover Tyrann Mathieu attempt to tough it out in a hot car to raise awareness about one of the biggest summer hazards for our pets: heat stroke.
Here are some heat safety tips to protect your pets:
1. Keep your pet hydrated and out of the sun. Make sure your pet has clean cool water and is in the shade or in air conditioning.
2. Never leave your pet in the car, even with the windows cracked.
3. Keep your pet off the asphalt. If its too hot for your bare feet, its too hot for your pets paws. To test put your hand on the asphalt palm side up and if you need to remove it within 5 seconds its too hot for your pets paws.
4. Limit exercise. Don’t let your pets over exert in the heat. Exercise your pets in the early morning or late in the evening after the sun has gone down and temperature has dropped.
5. Be on the alert for signs of Heat Stroke:
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
- increased heart and respiratory rate
- mild weakness, stupor or even collapse
- seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
If you see these symptoms it is an emergency and you need to seek veterinary attention immediately.