Middle Tennessee is experiencing some extreme temperatures, with heat indexes reaching as high as 107. During a heat wave, it’s important to make sure our pets are well taken care of.
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during extreme heat:
Always make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water available to them. If going out to a bonfire, camping, hiking or any outdoor activity, make sure to take water for your pet as well as yourself.
Know the signs of heatstroke
According to the ASPCA website: “Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. ”
As your pet may be running around outside more this time of year, make sure they are up to date on their heart worm medication as well as flea and tick medicine.
Take them inside
Never ever leave a pet in a car during a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, a car baking in the sun can quickly become a furnace and cause heat stroke. Also, a doghouse can heat up rather quickly so let your pet in the air conditioning on extremely hot days.
Grooming and brushing
Make sure your pet is equipped for the heat by trimming their coat and regularly brushing them. Cats can also benefit greatly from regular brushings during the summer months.