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Hot Weather Safety

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.

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