Keeping Pets Safe in the Hot Weather

by Kim Tewalt on July 18, 2011 at 4:08 am

In the hot summer months, the Muskingum County Animal Shelter wants to make sure yout pets stay safe.

Executive Director, Larry Hostetler, says if your pet is going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure they have access to plenty of cold water and shade. He says one sign that Fido needs a break from the heat, is panting.

"They perspire differently than what we do." Hostetler said. "They can overheat a lot quicker than we can, and also we can say when we’re getting hot, we can get in out of the heat when we’re hot. They can’t tell us "

Hostetler says there are other things you need to watch out for in the summer to keep your pet safe.

"A lot of people do have their pets shaved down in the summer time to make them a little more comfortable, and if you’re out in the sun for extended periods of time they can get sunburnt just like humans." he said.

Hostetler says without cool water and a shady place, animals will start to dehydrate, which can quickly lead to heat stroke. He warms that if your pet becomes lethargic or collapses, you should seek veterinary care immediately.