Warning: Keep Pets Safe During Summer Heat Waves
Queens veterinarians and animal advocates are urging pet owners to learn proper care of pets that may easily become overheated or dehydrated during summer heat waves.
Pets that appear sluggish, who vomit frequently or seem disoriented could be suffering heat stroke, advocates said.
Avoid taking pets outdoors at the hottest times of the day, try to keep pets in an air-conditioned environment, limit activity and provide lots of cool water during periods of extreme heat, the advocates said.
Walk your pet for short periods of time, try to stay in the shade – and return home if your pet starts to pant or breathe rapidly or irregularly. And never, ever leave a pet in a vehicle during periods of extreme heat, even with the windows cracked open.
“Leaving pets in overheated cars is a sure path to tragedy,” advocates said. “Pets should not be left in poorly ventilated cars at any time, but remember – if it’s too hot for you to sit in a vehicle with the windows almost closed, it’s too hot for your pet.”
If your pet gets overheated, spray him with cool water, when possible. If you are outdoors, buy a bottle of water and slowly pour it over your pet to aid in the cooling process. And make sure you give your pet drinking water as part of the process.
Pets that do not respond to cooling-down efforts should be taken to a local veterinarian or a city animal hospital for emergency treatment. Remember, your pet is feeling the heat a lot more severely than you do, so don’t risk losing him for a lack of knowing what to do in a heat emergency.