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Fresno heat and pets

I always worry about pets when it starts to get above 100 degrees and Tulare County has a nice tip sheet on how to keep pets safe in the heat.

Tips to Care for Pets and Other Animals During Extreme Heat

VISALIA, CA – During extreme heat, both agricultural animals and pets
are at risk of experiencing adverse reactions from the extreme heat.
HHSA Animal Control offers the following tips so that residents can keep
their animals healthy and safe this summer:

● Never leave pets in parked cars for any period of time: The
temperature in a car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes. If you see
an animal in a parked car during the summer call local animal control or
the police immediately.

● Every animal needs shade and water: Any animal that is outside
needs protection from the heat and sun, and plenty of fresh, cool water.

● Know and recognize the signs of heatstroke: Signs of heatstroke
include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness,
excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination,
profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and
unconsciousness.

● If heatstroke occurs, take action immediately: Take the
following steps immediately to gradually lower their body temperature
and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
o Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area;
o Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or
run cool water over them;
o Let them drink small amounts of cold water or lick ice cubes;
and
o Take your animal directly to a veterinarian.

● Limit exercise to early morning or evening hours on very hot
days: Remember that both asphalt and cement sidewalks get very hot.
These surfaces reach high temperatures, and can burn your pet’s paws.

● Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears
are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer, and may require
sunscreen on nose and ear tips.

These safety tips are not a substitute for veterinary care. If a
heat-related illness occurs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

For more information about summer heat safety, visit the Humane Society website at www.hsus.org.

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