Tips For Caring For Your Pets In Hot Weather
Summer is almost officially here in Central New York and that means more hot, humid days are coming. If you have pets keep these tips in mind to help them beat the heat.
Several local veterinarians have shared this information online and it could mean all the difference in the world to your pets.
Tips for Dogs
Don't shave long haired dogs - this can cause sunburn
Walk dogs early - before 8 a.m. or later in the evening - after 6 p.m.
Walk in shade, near water or both
Take bottled water with you when walking and offer it to your dog often
Don't make your dog run in hot weather(even if you want to)
Tips for Cats
Wet your cat's ears and run damp hands over their body
Wet the tips of your cat's paws with water
Trim or clip long-haired cats
Signs of Heat Stroke in Animals
Listless or apathetic
Shortness of breath
Rapid panting and whining
Cats move slowly and drink more than usual
First-Aid for Heat Stroke in Animals
Get your pet to a cool place like in front of a fan, the basement, the tub or a tile floor
Immerse pet in COOL not cold water
Wrap in cool water-soaked towels or sheets
Get to an emergency Vet clinic
Remember - you should always have clean, cool drinking water available for your pets, and you should never lock your pets in hot cars or inside warm stuffy rooms.