on Monday, June 13, 2022
Every summer, hundreds of cats and dogs die needlessly due to their owners not taking the proper precautions regarding the extreme heat. Follow these simple tips to ensure your beloved pet enjoys - and survives - the warmest time of the year.
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If it's above 70° F, leave your pet at home!
Temperatures inside cars can reach fatal levels within minutes. Even with the windows cracked, the interior of a car can quickly reach 99° F or hotter when it’s only 80° F outside.
If you see a pet (or child) alone in a car, call it in. Your call could save a life.
Within Des Moines: Call Des Moines Police Dispatch (515) 283-4811
Outside of Des Moines: Call your local law enforcement number
Limit time spent outdoors
On days when it’s very hot out, limit your pets' outside time to potty breaks only. On cooler days, your pet can be outside more often, but be sure they have access to fresh water and shade at all times.
Ensure access to fresh, cool water
Water saves lives. If there are community/feral cats or wildlife in your neighborhood, set out a bowl of fresh, cool water for them as well.
Avoid hot cement or asphalt
Make sure to walk your dog during the coolest parts of the day (early morning and late evening) — and don’t overdo it. It’s much easier to overheat in high temperatures.
Also be sure to feel the cement with the back of your hand before walking your dog on it. If you can’t keep your hand pressed to the cement for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s feet and can cause burns and blistering.
Keep auto coolant out of reach
This is something that should be done year-round, but summertime is when coolant puddles are more likely. Do not let your dog or any other animal ingest auto coolant. It’s poisonous!
Ask before you shave your dog's coat
Always consult with your groomer before clipping or shaving your dog’s coat. Even though your pet may look hot, their coat actually protects them from getting sunburned. Brushing your pet regularly can help get rid of any loose hairs and allow for better air circulation.
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