How Much Sun Can Our Four-Legged Friends Tolerate?

As summer approaches, it’s important to ensure the safety and well-being of our four-legged friends. High temperatures can pose serious health risks to pets, and responsible pet ownership includes taking the necessary precautions to keep them safe. The American Humane organization provides valuable guidelines to help keep pets healthy and happy during the hot season. Here’s how you can protect your pets and prevent potential injuries:

Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

The temperature inside a vehicle can become dangerously high in just minutes, even on cooler summer days. According to the Humane Society of the United States, hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion after being left in parked cars. In New York State, it is illegal to leave a pet unattended in a hot car. If you see an animal in distress, call 911 immediately. Record the car’s make, model, and license plate, along with the time you noticed the pet. This action can save a life.

Plan Exercise Wisely

Avoid outdoor play during peak heat periods, typically midafternoon. Instead, aim for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns that pets can suffer from heat exhaustion quickly, so timing their exercise appropriately is essential to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Provide Fresh Water and Shade

If your dog spends time outdoors, ensure they have access to fresh water and shaded areas at all times. Dehydration can occur rapidly in high temperatures. Studies published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care highlight the importance of hydration for maintaining your pet’s health during summer.

Recognize Signs of Heatstroke

It’s crucial to know the symptoms of heatstroke in pets. These 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 heatstroke, immediate veterinary care is necessary. The American Humane emphasizes quick action to prevent severe outcomes and potential fatalities.

Dog Bite Prevention

We commend responsible dog owners who prioritize their pets’ health and safety. Unfortunately, neglecting these precautions can lead to severe consequences, including dog bites and other injuries.

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.