Nassau SPCA Announces Tips On How To Protect Your Pets From The Heat

The National Weather Service In Upton Has Issued A Heat Advisory, Which Is In Effect From 11 Am This Morning To 6 Pm Edt Thursday. We Must Take Steps To Protect Our Pets.

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Pet owners need to take steps to keep their beloved pets cool during this summer heatwave.

Photo by: Nassau County SPCA

Long Island, NY - July 19, 2017 - Pets should be kept indoors during times of excessive heat. When left outside, pets should have proper protection from the beating sun's rays and plenty of fresh, cool water. It is important to note that doghouses do not provide protection from heat, especially if they are exposed to the sun. In fact, they can intensify temperatures that are already hot. So please keep your pets cool and indoors!
Following are tips to protect pets from excessive heat exposure:
  • Do not leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you feel that the errand will be of a short duration. Temperatures in vehicles can soar to dangerous levels in no time at all.
  • Make sure your pet has shade and plenty of cool water. Putting ice in your dog's water is a refreshing treat. A number of products can help to keep your pet cool, such as cooling collars, cooling mats, bandanas, jackets, and misters.
  • Limit exercise. Dogs should be walked in the early morning and late in the evening. Avoid strenuous play such as running and playing fetch. It is important to keep in mind that dogs should not be walked on concrete or asphalt during excessive heat. Hot pavement can burn and blister a dog's paws. If it's too hot for our bare feet, it is too hot for our pet's paws.
Leaving a dog outdoors in excessive heat for prolonged periods of time can be life threatening. Pets, like their human counterparts can suffer from heatstroke. Dogs do not sweat like humans. They sweat through their nose and footpads and release heat by panting. If they are unable to effectively discharge body heat, the body temperature begins to rise. A dog's normal body temperature is between 100.5 degrees F and 102.5 degrees F. If, at any time, a dog's body temperature rises or falls beyond these levels, a veterinarian should be consulted.
When a dog's body temperature rises to 104 degrees, it is considered an emergency situation, and once it reaches 106 degrees, there may be irreparable damage to organs which may result in death. Signs of heat stroke include: excessive panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, excess salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue and unconsciousness.
 If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heat stroke, even if you are unsure, the following steps should immediately be taken:
  • Move the dog out of the heat and sun.
  • Place cool (not cold) wet cloths over most of the body, focusing on the head and footpads. Placing cold or ice water on a dog suffering from heat stroke can make blood vessels constrict, causing the internal temperature to continue to rise.
  • Offer the dog cool water (not cold). However, do not force him to drink. *Even if the dog seems better, call the vet. Internal organ damage may not be apparent to the untrained eye.
Please note there are certain breeds, such as pugs and bulldogs, that are extra sensitive to heat. Overweight dogs of all breeds are also at high risk when temperatures soar. Take special care to make sure that such dogs are protected during all
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About Nassau County SPCA  
Located in Nassau County, New York, The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization originally designed to protect animals in the county from abuse and neglect, and to provide basic welfare. We hold special authority to enforce NYS Agriculture & Markets Law, and all other state and local humane laws. We are the only animal protection agency officially designated to operate within the county's borders.
The NCSPCA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of needy animals. The Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and its operations have been historically funded through contributions solicited from the public and through corporate grants.
The NCSPCA receives no public funding, is in no way affiliated with, a subdivision of or funded by any other local, state or national organization and every contribution, large or small, helps to provide the critical care needed to help homeless, abused and neglected animals in Nassau County. The continued success of each program relies entirely on donations. No money given to any other spca organization aids or benefits the NCSPCA. Your generous contribution will help the NCSPCA in all of its efforts.