Manage Heat Stress With Your Pets

The other day, I touched on the possible signs of heat stress on plants and what you can do to protect those landscape plants. However, we sometimes forget to think about the outside pets or even inside pets you let outside on hot, hot days. This condition can cause your pets severe injury that sometimes is unfortunately irreversible.

As for your pets outside, make sure they have plenty, and I repeat, plenty of fresh water. Check on the water supply daily because dogs especially can consume twice the amount of water on severe hot days.

Consider shade, especially if your dog is tied up. There is no excuse to have a pet outside in the hot sun with no shade all day. Now, if you have pets that you let outside, keep in mind that they will feel like you and me when we get out of air conditioning and get out into stiffling heat.

Don't forget also that some short hair dogs and cats can get sun burned just like you and me, too. As for long hair pets, use common sense and don't leave them out in the hot sun for a very long time. Stop and think about this: that's why farmers shear their sheep.

When any animal gets hot, they cut back on their feeding and that puts them more in a compromising situation with the heat. Watch your pet's respiration rate, especially when it starts panting with its tongue out most of the time. It's best to bring Fido inside periodically if hot conditions continue.

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