Keeping your pets safe in excessive heat

Keeping your pets safe in excessive heat

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An excessive heat warning is in effect Wednesday, June 13, with high temperatures forecast to reach 107 to 112 degrees in Pima and southeast Pinal counties.

During the summer months, the veterinarian at Northwest Pet Clinic says they see two to three pets a week suffering from symptoms of dehydration. Pets are cooled down with fluids, ice packs and fans.

Even if you are just starting to notice the signs of heat exhaustion in your pet, there are things you can do at home.

"If you're concerned of course, the best thing to do is bring them in and make sure they are OK," veterinarian Abbey Kovarna said. "But if you know they're panting a bit heavily, seem a little bit warm you can always cool them off with a nice cool bath, not cold but cool water to see if we can relax them and get their heavy breathing and panting to subside."

The ground is much hotter than the air, and sensitive paws can burn.

"The ground is very hot," Deborah Wesley said. "Just think of it this way, if you can fry and egg, think what it does to their paws."

In this heat, try and keep your pets indoors, and never leave them in the car alone.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has tips to prevent your pet from overheating. Visit the following link for tips: http://bit.ly/112MsaG

At the Reid Park Zoo, zookeepers keep an especially close eye on the animals when temperature get as high as they are now. Zookeepers make sure animals have enough water, but they also provide frozen treats and give the animals frequent showers throughout the hot days to keep them cool.

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