Heat Index Alert: Protect Your Pets!

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to be mindful of the heat index and its impact on our furry friends. Here are some essential tips to keep your pets safe and comfortable during hot weather:
Provide Plenty of Water: Ensure your pets have access to fresh, cool water at all times. Hydration is key to preventing heat-related illnesses.
Limit Outdoor Activities: Avoid strenuous activities and exercise during the peak heat of the day. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler.
Shade and Shelter: Make sure your pets have access to shaded areas if they must be outside and provide plenty of fresh water. A well-ventilated shelter can provide a much-needed respite from the sun.
Never Leave Pets in Cars: Temperatures inside a parked car can skyrocket within minutes, leading to fatal heatstroke. Never leave your pets unattended in a vehicle.
Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke: Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and unsteady gait. If you notice any of these signs, move your pet to a cooler area and contact your veterinarian immediately. If you notice signs of heat stroke in your pet, contact your local emergency vet like AVETs, BluePearl, Rivers, and MedVet.
Paw Protection: Hot pavement can burn your pet’s paws. Check the ground temperature with your hand before letting your pet walk on it, or use protective booties.
Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Let’s keep our beloved animals safe and cool this summer!

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