LANSING, MI – Summer is here in full force! While the hot weather means fun trips to the lake and outdoor picnics, it’s important to remember summer can be a hazardous time for pets. Keep these tips in mind to ensure your pet’s safety and well-being during the summer months.
• Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time on a hot day
• On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120°F in a matter of minutes, even with the windows partially open.
• Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures.
• Only have your pet outside for a short amount of time during the day
• When your pet is outside, be alert for signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
• Make sure your pet has access to cool water all day
• If your pet becomes overheated, your must lower their body temperature immediately –
• Move your pet into the shade and apply cool water over their body to gradually lower body temperature.
• Let your pet drink small amount of cool water or lick ice cubes.
• Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest only.
• Consult your vet
§ If you see an animal in a car exhibiting any signs of heat stress, call your local animal control agency or police department immediately!
If you have any questions about these tips, please contact the Capital Area Humane Society at 517-626-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Capital Area Humane Society is located at 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing. A non-profit organization, the CAHS mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through protection, placement, education and example.