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Hot Weather: Keeping your pets safe

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 at 7:56 am in Cats, dogs, Hot Cars, Hot Weather, Pets.

Feeling too hot? If you’re too hot, think how your pets feel with their fur coats!

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you keep your live-in animals safe during the present hot weather. Cut the following information out and stick it on your refrigerator door so you’ll always be reminded.

** Make sure your pets have a large supply of fresh, cool water available to them at all times. More than one dish of water is always a good idea so they will be easy to find when your pet gets thirsty. Remember — the sun moves — so please make sure the water dishes stay out of the sun all day.

** Your indoor and outdoor pets need to have cool places to get away from the sun and heat. Hose down an area under the bushes so the dog will have a cool place to lie down. You can always give him/her a cool bath to clean off the mud later.

** Make sure the sun doesn’t shine on your bird cages or aquariums. Heat can kill caged birds because they don’t have a way to get away from it. Aquarium water will lose oxygen when it gets warm … and your fish can suffocate.

** Rabbits and guinea pigs are VERY heat-sensitive. Put a frozen plastic 2-liter bottle of water in the cage to keep the animal cool. It can also still be too hot for rabbits or guinea pigs outside in some shaded areas, especially if there’s no breeze.

** On 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.

** Keep a special eye on older and overweight cats and dogs animals when it’s hot. They are more vulnerable to the affects of heat.

** Short-muzzled dogs, like: 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.

** Never — ever — leave pets or small kids alone in your car, even with windows down, even in the shade, even for a just a minute. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach over 120 degrees. It will kill them.

Thanks for caring! /Gary

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  1. Maggie Says:

    Don’t forget – it’s against the law in CA to leave your animal in a hot car as of January 1, 2008. From

    “…pet law gives animal control officers authority to break into cars to save pets that are in distress, such as those inside vehicles parked outside in the sun. Previously, they would have had to call a law enforcement officer to enter the vehicle to save the animal.

    Under the new law, the owner of an unattended hot vehicle containing a pet will face a fine of up to $500 and as much as six months in jail.”

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