COLLEGE STATION, Texas--A heat advisory was in effect across Texas on Friday and the heat index was over 100 degrees in parts of the state.
While people can find multiple ways to beat the heat, our furry friends need help from their owners to stay safe in the blazing temperatures.
Aggieland Humane Society offers some suggestions for keeping your pet safe from the summer heat.
Kate Jimerson is an Animal Care Tech at Aggieland Humane, and says that man’s best friend can also get exhausted in the summer heat.
Just think about how you feel when you step outside for more than five minutes.
“If you think it’s really hot outside, it’s even worse for dogs,” said Jimerson. “They have all this fur from their coat and it’s even hotter for them,” she added.
Jimerson suggests that outside dogs always have fresh, clean water all day—and plenty of shade.
If you want to take your dog out for a run or walk, Jimerson has a tip before you leave the house.
“If you can’t put the back of your hand down on the sidewalk for at least three seconds without moving it because it’s too hot, it’s going to be hot for your dog, too,” she said.
Jimerson explains the pads on dogs’ feet is just like skin. It’s just a little thicker than human skin.
Dogs pant all the time, so how do you know they might have heat exhaustion?
Jimerson said the panting will be heavier and their gums will get dark red. They may also be wobbly, meaning they’re not walking in a straight line or falling.
So, what happens if you can’t get your dog to a veterinarian?
A suggestion is to take them inside and spray hydrogen peroxide on their armpits or bellies- places where they don’t have a lot of fur. Jimerson said the peroxide helps draw the heat out.
She also said what not to do—don’t put them in a bath of ice cold water. The cold temperature may shock our furry friends.
Felines can also suffer in the heat, so make sure they have a lot of water, too.
“If you see a cat panting, that’s a sign--cat’s don’t pant,” said Jimerson. “That’s a big sign that’s you should get them inside right away,” she added.
Most people know never to leave any animal inside a vehicle. Even after five minutes, they can start getting dehydrated.
Also, Jimerson said that some people think that putting a dog in the back of a truck may be another option, but it’s not a good idea at all.
“It gets really hot and it’s very painful on the pads of your dogs’ feet,” Jimerson explained.
She also said that some dogs are more susceptible to the heat than others. Those are short-faced dogs like bulldogs, boxers, or pugs.
The severe heat is also very dangerous for puppies and older dogs.
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