With the heat warnings in Phoenix, John’s Refrigeration your family heating and cooling company, would like to consider your furry family members. When you are hot, they must be miserable. After all, how would you like to be outside in a fur coat?
Pets die every year from heat stroke according to the Humane Society, and the worst part for pet owners is knowing it was preventable. John’s Refrigeration gives quick and easy tips on preventing these tragedies by explaining how to help keep four-footed furry friends cool.
- Never leave your pet in your car. It takes very little time for a car to heat up: In 100 degree weather, it takes only 15 minutes to get to 140 degrees inside the car.
- Keep your pet hydrated. Supply a large bowl full of water in the shade. Make sure it’s fresh to keep out germs from birds and bugs.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of shade. Especially if they are bound to a limited space.
- Do not run with your pet during the hot part of the day. Dogs are so loyal, they will put themselves at risk if we ask them to.
- Spray your pet down with cool water before leaving for work.
- Know the signs of heat stroke and call your veterinarian right away. DANGER SIGNS: rapid panting • bright red tongue • red or pale gums • thick, sticky saliva, depression • weak/dizzy • vomiting/diarrhea • shock • coma. An overheating dog may appear sluggish, unresponsive or disorientated. Gums, tongue and conjunctiva of the eyes may be bright red. Eventually he will collapse, suffer a seizure and may go into a coma.
- If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, immediately remove him or her to a cool, shady area. Try to lower the animal’s temperature by placing in cool, not cold, water. Apply ice to the head and neck. Get to a veterinarian as soon as possible–follow-up care will be critical to survival.