For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jeffrey Raddatz
Phone: (414) 431-6121
Dog Days of Summer Are Here!
– Did you know that dogs and cats
don’t sweat? Heat is released from their body
from their paws and through panting. That’s
why it is so dangerous to leave them in the car
or out in the sun. As our comfortable spring weather
turns into a typical hot and sticky summer, the
Wisconsin Humane Society wants to remind you of
a few hot weather tips to keep your companion animal
from getting heat stroke or exhaustion. We offer
the following tips to keep your furry pal safe:
• NEVER leave your companion animal in a parked
car, even with the windows down. The inside of a
parked car can reach 160 degrees in just a few minutes.
• Exercise your canine only during the cooler
parts of the day. Early morning and evening hours
are best. Also leave your animal outside for only
short periods of time.
• Always provide plenty of fresh cool water
at all times.
• NEVER tie your furry pal outside on a choke
collar. This tip applies all year round; he or she
could choke to death.
• Allow access to the coolest part of your
home. If you don’t have air conditioning,
or you turn it off while at work, make sure your
companion animal can get to a cool place, such as
• Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke,
which include extreme panting, difficulty breathing,
vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright
red gums and blue tongue or lips.
• If your companion animal does exhibit signs
of heat stroke, immediately move him or her to a
cool place; lower their body temperature by wetting
them with cool water (do NOT apply ice); and call
your veterinarian for further treatment.
A veterinarian is available for interviews and can
show how to cool down a companion animal. To schedule
an interview, please contact Jeffrey Raddatz at