Heat Advisory for your Pets
This Maryland summer heat is no joke! Between the longer days, increasing humidity, and rise in temperature, we need to take caution when going outside. And this goes double for our pets. They are also affected by sunburns, heat stroke, and foot burns.
Heat stroke is especially dangerous for dogs and cats, and it starts with heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid panting, and reddened face and ears. If you see your pet showing these signs, take them to a shaded area or inside immediately. Give them some cool water and put them near a fan.
Here are some things you can do when taking your furry friend outside for a walk:
- Don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. This will burn their feet and skin. Just imagine going barefoot on the hot surface; if you think it is too hot to go bare-footed, then it is too hot to walk or lie on.
- Have a long-haired dog? Give it a haircut! But never shave it down to where the skin is overexposed.
- Keep water with you at all times, for you and your pet.
- Try to go on walks during the early morning or late evening. These times will have the lower temperatures so you don’t get overheated as fast as you would midday.
- And I am sure you have heard it time and time again, but never leave your pets inside of your car. Just a few minutes in a locked car can have temperatures over 140 degrees.
If the dog is really hot and is not cooling off, they may need to be taken to a veterinarian. Call us at 301-983-8400 if you believe your pet has overheated.