Keep pets safe in this heat wave

Keep pets safe in this heat wave


Hot weather can spell danger for your pets. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems as humans in hot weather. These health concerns include overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.  By taking some simple precautions, you can keep your companions healthy and happy in higher temperatures. Here are some tips courtesy of the SPCA to help keep pets safe.

• Never leave your animal alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace.

• Limit exercise. Your pet may slow down when the weather heats up, so the best time for exercise is in the early morning or evening, but never when it’s especially hot or humid.

• Take care not to let your dog stand on hot asphalt; their body can heat up quickly and their sensitive paw pads can easily burn.  

• Never trim your pet’s coat to the skin, which can rob your dog of their protection from the sun.  

• Always provide plenty of shade and cool, clean water for animals kept outdoors.  A properly constructed doghouse is a must if your dog lives outdoors.  

• Bring your cat or dog inside during the hottest part of the day. 

• Make sure your pet always wears a collar and identification tag.

• In Suffolk County, tethering a dog outside in temperatures over 90 degrees is against the law.

It’s a criminal offense to leave animals in hot cars. If you see a dog or any other animal in a hot car, follow these instructions:

1. Get the make, model, color and license plate number of the car.

2. Alert the management of the business where the car is parked.

3. Call 911 or the SPCA.

4. Stay with the animal until help arrives.