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Temperatures are soaring along the Gulf Coast and for pets, the heat can quickly cause serious injury or even death. The Houston SPCA shares these tips to help keep your pet safe throughout the summer.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PETS IN A PARKED CAR
Not even for a minute. Not even with the windows cracked. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF SHADE AND WATER
Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
COOL YOUR PET INSIDE AND OUT
Always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you. You can also provide a small, inexpensive plastic pool for help large dogs keep cool.
LIMIT WALKS ON HOT DAYS
Limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness.
HOW TO TREAT A PET SUFFERING FROM HEATSTROKE
Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take them directly to a veterinarian.
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Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and hazardous or toxic material spills are just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his or her life tomorrow.
ID: Ensure your pet is microchipped with your updated contact information, along with a collar and tag.
Vaccinations: All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records along with other veterinary documents sealed in a plastic bag.
Sleeping quarters: Keep your pets’ beds away from windows or shelving to protect them from shattering glass or falling objects.
Crates: Every pet should have a crate or kennel. Be sure to familiarize your pets with their crates before a disaster strikes.
Check your yard: Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.
Plan ahead: Identify boarding facilities, veterinarians, pet-friendly lodging, and friends/relatives now who may temporarily house your pets.
Use this checklist as a guide for building your own Pet Preparedness Kit for your pet(s).
- Molded plastic carrier
- Copy of rabies and vaccination records in a sealed plastic bag
- Pet first aid book and kit
- Two-week supply of pet food
- Bottled water
- One-month supply of your pet’s regular medications
- Non-spill food and water bowls
- Extra collars and leashes
- Plastic bags (for scooping poop)
- Cat litter pan and litter
- Sheets and blankets
- Manual can opener
- Newspaper/Puppy Pads
- Disinfectants and paper towels
- Grooming supplies
IF YOU EVACUATE, TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU!
The Houston SPCA is one of the leading animal protection and rescue organizations in the country, serving the region’s most comprehensive, highly qualified care and services to more than 45,000 animals in need including companion animals, small pets, horses and farm animals, native wildlife and exotics. The annual Gala serves as one of their largest fundraisers of the year. We are so grateful to our Gala Chairs Zane and Buddy Carruth; Gala Co-chairs Brittany and Adam Clark; and all of our generous supporters!
Houston SPCA Awarded Purple Heart Honor
The Houston SPCA just became the first animal rescue and protection organization in the U.S. to receive a Purple Heart Honor. The best part: Houston SPCA rescue dogs, once abandoned & unwanted, are now highly-trained, medical service dogs for Houston veterans with PTSD.
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