The American Humane organization recommends the following safety tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy during summer months:
- Never leave your dog in parked car; the temperature inside of a vehicle can quickly become unbearable, even on cool summer days. It is against the law to leave your pet unattended in a hot car in New York state. If you see a pet left in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately. If you are able to, record the car’s make, model, and license plate, and the time you noticed the pet.
- Carefully plan exercise and avoid playing during peak heat periods of the day, like midafternoon. Aim for early morning or late evening.
- If your dog is left outdoors be sure there is fresh water and shade available at all times.
- Know the signs of heatstroke. “Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and coma. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, you should seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible.”- American Humane
We applaud all of the dog owners who go out of their way every day to ensure their furry friends are healthy and happy. Unfortunately, some dog owners fail to keep their animals and/or neighbors safe by neglecting to put safety first. If you or a loved one suffered a preventable dog bite injury contact us today, we may be able to help you seek compensation.