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Protect Your Pets During Heat Waves

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We are once again experiencing another crazy heat wave in southern California – that makes this a good time to review these safety tips & heat relief ideas to keep your pet cool, offered by spcaLA.

Rule #1: DO NOT leave pets (or children!) unattended in cars.
Not only is it illegal, it can also be deadly.


spcaLA urges people to follow these hot weather tips for pets to prevent a tragedy from occurring:

  • Keep plenty of clean, cool drinking water available at all times for your pet, including when traveling. If your pets are left alone during the day, ensure that their bowl is tip-proof.
  • Keep your pet at home. Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a minute.
  • Protect your pet from the sun. If your pet must stay in the yard (instead of the cool indoors which is recommended) be sure there is adequate shade and ventilation, in addition to plenty of water.
  • Keep pets groomed. To help your pet stay cool, clip coats short, but not shaved. Sunburn is a danger to animals, especially light-colored animals. Apply regular sun block to vulnerable areas such as the ears and nose.
  • Dog pads burn easily, so avoid hot surfaces such as asphalt on hot days. Exercise pets in the morning or evening when it is cooler. After hiking, make sure to check for fox tails and other burns, as these can cause major problems.
  • If a pet is overcome by heat (detected by excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobility) immerse him or her slowly in cool water to lower body temperature, and then go to a veterinarian. Never immerse a pet in ice cold water, as it may cause shock.

Heat relief ideas for pets:

  • Ice trays: Freeze stock into ice cubes for your dog to lick or freeze a treat in each ice cube. Cats enjoy chasing slippery ice cubes, too.
  • Kiddie Pools: Fill a kiddie pool with water and let your dog splash. Toss a few of the ice cube treats in the water so he can “hunt” for them.
  • Frozen Pops: Make your dog a delicious frozen treat to enjoy. Pumpkin Pops and Frozen Monkey treat recipes are available on the spcaLA website.
  • For cats: Daily brushing, cooling your cat with damp towels, or adding a few ice cubes to the water bowl can help keep them cool. Allow your cat to find a cool spot in the home, such as cool bathroom tiles or the bathtub.

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