Five Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool this Summer

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Five Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool this Summer

With Temperatures Rising, LA Animal Services Offers Tips to Pet Owners to Keep Cool

Los Angeles, July 8, 2019 – When it’s too hot for you, it’s even hotter for your four-legged friends. As Southern California begins to enter a heat wave, Los Angeles Animal Services would like to remind you that too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. Remember, dogs and cats try to cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing and they do not sweat through their skin.

  1. Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle

If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. A car can overheat even when the window has been opened slightly. Even if the temperature isn’t too hot outside, your car can become up to 20 degrees warmer. Always check to make sure that dogs are welcome where you are going, otherwise leave them at home.

  1. Give your pet extra water

Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cooler much longer than water in shallow pan. If your dog enjoys ice cubes as a treat, add them to the bowl!

  1. Avoid hot ground surfaces

While walking your dog outdoors, pay particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand. If it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. If it’s 92 degrees outside, concrete or asphalt can reach up to 130 degrees.

  1. Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time

If your dog has to be left outdoors for a while, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

  1. Know the signs of overheating

If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.                                                                               

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best – being your best friend.

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.


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