With the onset of summer, the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. reminds pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best friends.
Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.
Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Watch for hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.
It’s important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.
“Residents with concerns about a pet in their neighborhood should contact the Waukesha County Humane Officers at 262-896-8300,” notes Executive Director Lynn Olenik. Owners who are concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are also encouraged to call the shelter to discuss available alternatives.
HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at www.hawspets.org.