How to keep Austin pets safe from heat exhaustion this summer
The early summer triple-digit temperatures have been difficult on everyone, especially our four-legged friends. That's why veterinarians are warning pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals.
"We're able to tell when we're too hot or when we need water, you know, whereas these guys, if they start to feel a little bit crummy, they probably aren't going to drink water like they should," said Dr. Morgan Siewer, a vet at Austin Pets Alive!
Excessive panting and drooling that doesn't stop after returning to an air-conditioned environment could mean heat exhaustion. Vets warn owners to pay attention to their pet’s energy levels. Acting very lethargic to the point of not wanting to stand, or collapsing, is also a sign of too much time in the heat.
Vets recommend taking walks early in the morning before 9 am or 10 am or later in the evening past 6 pm or 7 pm, to keep from being out in the direct sunlight, and on hot asphalt. It is recommended that pet owners feel the pavement with their hand. If it is too hot for them, it will be too hot for their animals.
According to Austin Pets Alive! volunteer Jess Borda, keeping pets' paws and chest wet is the best way to get their temperature down.
In this heat, owners can't forget about cats at home either. Lowering shades for cats that sit on windowsills and keeping their fur brushed and groomed regularly will keep them cool.
During the high temperatures, Austin Pets Alive! is also asking the community to consider fostering for even just a few days to get their animals out of the heat and into some air conditioning. Senior dogs are the most vulnerable to the heat and the organization would love for people to foster them.
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