July 17, 2023

DARKHORSE DOGS: What to do for your pets when it’s too hot outside

Therese Apel

Sometimes outside dogs will dig holes to sit in to stay cool.

If you’re a pet owner, you know to bring your pets in or make accommodations when it’s too cold, but what about when it’s too hot?

Oktibbeha County Humane Society offered the following information in a post on social media recently.

Certain pets can be more susceptible to the heat, and it’s important to know if your pets fit that category.

Flat-nosed dogs such as pugs and bulldogs, elderly pets, overweight pets, very young pets, and long-haired breeds may require extra attention in the heat.

If your pets stay inside, make sure they always have water. If you’re taking them on a walk, please check the pavement temperature and try to schedule your walks for earlier in the day or later in the day when temperatures are cooler. Remember the hot pavement can really hurt the pads on their feet.

Outside pets need to have a well-ventilated and shady area where they can rest. Beds should be elevated off the ground in order to sustain airflow. Fill a kiddie pool or other shallow container with water and place frozen water bottles in the water to keep it cool.

Be on the lookout for heat stroke whenever your pets have been exposed to the extreme heat. Symptoms are as follows:

  • Excessive panting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Bright red gums or tongue
  • Seizures or disorientation

If your pet shows any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.

Brookhaven Animal Rescue League… call (601) 757-4367.

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