the pavement seems "hot enough to fry an egg," it's also hot enough
to burn your pet's feet or overheat his body, which is a lot closer to the hot
sidewalk than yours. Try to avoid standing still on hot pavement for long.
leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Even with the windows open,
temperatures quickly rise to lethal levels.
humans, it's best to exercise in the cooler morning and evening hours. Do not
exercise your pet immediately before or after feeding, particularly in hot,
day at the beach for your pet must include a shady spot to lie in, plenty of
fresh water to drink and a hosing down after swimming in salt water.
you go with your pet, always provide plenty of cool, clean water to drink.
Carry a thermos when traveling.
windows in your home may provide a welcome breeze, but an unscreened one could
mean a tragedy if your cat falls out.
with long, thick hair may be shaved down to a one-inch coat length to help
prevent overheating and help you keep an eye on fleas and ticks -- but never
shave a dog's hair down to the skin. His fur protects him from sunburn.
extra sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. That also goes
for those more susceptible to heart and respiratory problems, such as Bulldogs,
Pekinese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers and other
you leave your pet home for the day in extremely hot weather, leave your air
conditioner on and provide your pet with plenty of water. A few ice cubes in
your pet's dish can help keep the water cool.
humans, dogs and cats do not regulate their body temperature by sweating. So
keep an eye on your pet for any signs of possible heatstroke, such as
twitching, rapid panting, barking or a wild "staring" expression.
Pour water on him every three to five minutes and them place him in a draft or
under a fan. (Do not immerse your pet in water or use ice packs to counteract
heatstroke.) Call your veterinarian. Helping your pet survive the
means using your common sense -- Providing a cool, comfortable environment,
giving them plenty of water and not pushing the limits of their physical