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HOT IDEAS

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, July 5th, 2007 at 7:21 am in Hot Weather.

This heat wave isn’t over yet
So keep an eye on your pets.

Here’s some good hot weather advice from the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services:

HEAT & CARS: An outside temperature of 85 degrees will raise the temperature in your car to 104 degrees within 10 minutes — even if you leave the windows slightly open. Within a half-hour, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. This serious heat can cause a pet or child to suffer brain damage, heatstroke, suffocation or kidney failure.

PLAYTIME: On very hot days (like today!), only play with your pet during cool early mornings or evenings. Keep dogs off of hot pavement or sidewalks. They can burn their foot pads. Keeps walks to a minimum (or not at all) on very hot days like today.

OLDER & OVERWEIGHT CATS & DOGS: Keep a special eye on these animals when it’s hot. They are more vulnerable to the affects of heat.

SHORT-MUZZLED DOGS: bulldogs, mastiffs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus find it harder to breath on hot and humid days. Keep them where it’s cool.

HEAT STRESS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Heat stress signs in dogs and cats include heavy panting, glazed eyes, fast pulse, unsteady on feet, vomiting, and/or a deep red/purple tongue.

If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, you can lower its body temp by pouring cool (not cold) water slowly over its body. Let the animal drink small amounts of cool (not cold) water.

GET IT TO A VET ASAP!

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