Dogs and Heat Don’t Mix

With summer’s hot weather approaching, owners are urged to keep dogs safe from heat.

Posted: May 7, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

The warmer months are a good time for social gatherings that include pets; however, it’s important to note the hidden and not-so-hidden dangers that can harm animals, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

To keep pets safe this summer, the ASPCA’s Animal Health Services offers the following tips.

Dogs have it made in the shade. Pets dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of water when it’s hot. Also, make sure pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

A pest-free dog is a happy pet. Rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), lawn and garden insecticides and some flea and tick products can harm cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. While there are flea products that can be used safely on pets, products labeled as “dog only” containing permethrin can be deadly to cats. Be sure to read directions on these products carefully.

Water safety is dog-friendly. Do not leave pets unsupervised near a pool — not all dogs swim well. Introduce pets to water gradually and make sure dogs wear flotation devices while on boats. Try not to let dogs drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

Look out for “high-rise syndrome.” During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of high-rise syndrome, which occurs when pets fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or fatally injured. To prevent this, pet owners should keep unscreened windows or doors closed at home and secure adjustable screens.

Be aware of heated situations. When taking your dog outdoors or in the company of other animals, always keep an eye on those around you. With more people and their dogs enjoying the warm weather, tempers may flare over territory, so it’s important to make sure dogs are safe and secure around strangers and other animals.


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TheTrio   NC, TX

5/7/2009 10:01:38 PM

WE have black labs and we care large bottles of water with us on our walks .. we offer water to them about every city block and this time of the year they want it .. when we get home, we put cool clothes on their necks after bathing their faces and have them lay on the tile floor in the kitchen with fans blowing near them to cool them back down slowly. It's hard to convince a Lab they need to skip their walks.

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sk   nh, CT

5/7/2009 9:27:27 PM

great info

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S   Phoenix, AZ

5/7/2009 6:42:47 PM

I hope people will take the information in this article seriously. The heat for people and animals can be deadly, and the great information in this article can't be stressed enough.

Think before taking your pet out in this heat. If you want to know what it's like for them, try putting on a heavy coat and walking around in bare feet out in the sun on the hot pavement. See how comfortable it is for you!

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Jenn   Wheaton, IL

5/7/2009 4:56:37 PM

Good tips!!!!

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