Please take every precaution available to keep your pets cool as temperatures often soar in Wisconsin in the summer. Here are a few tips from the Wisconsin Humane Society to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat.
Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, because overheating can kill him. The inside of a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in mere minutes, even with the windows cracked.
Take walks in early morning or after sunset. On especially hot days, any outdoor exercise should be brief and in the cooler hours.
Test the pavement with your palm. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.
Never leave an animal out in the sun. Always ensure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water.
Regulate the temperature inside your home. Use AC, fans, or give access to cooler areas like a basement or darker room with tile floors.
Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Boston terriers, Pekingese, Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus and Bulldogs are especially vulnerable. Dogs with heart or lung diseases should be closely monitored.
Watch for signs of heat stroke. These include panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red gums, and blue tongue or lips.
Treat heat stroke immediately. Move them to a cool place and lower their body temperature with cool (NOT icy) water, then contact your veterinarian.
The Wisconsin Humane Society is committed to providing protection, shelter, and care for wild and homeless animals. Because of generous donors like you, they are able to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome thousands of animals like me every year!