Pets in Cars
Even a minute in a car unattended can kill your dog or cat here in Las Vegas in the summer. Temperatures can reach well over 100-130 degrees in a sitting vehicle very quickly even with a window cracked. Better not to take your pets with you if you may need to leave them in the car alone at all.
Activities in the Summer Heat and Ground Temperatures
Summer activities can be tricky. If you go for daily walks with your dog or cat try switching to earlier morning or later evening. Beware of the temperature of the pavement and sidewalks and especially in the afternoons. It is scorching having soaked up all the sun and heat of the day and can reach around and over 150 degrees by even early afternoon before it's at its hottest. Some stylish booties may be in order to help prevent pets outdoors from burning and blistering their 'bare' feet.
Both our dogs and cats have a high incidence of heat stroke or heat exhaustion here in Las Vegas in the spring and summer so be sure to keep an eye out and take precautions. Heat stroke can kill our pets quickly and suddenly. Some pets may have factors that make them more susceptible such as Persian Cats, Bulldogs, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Boxer's and other dog and cat breeds with more smashed or flat faces. Older Pets also have a harder time dealing with the heat.
Some signs of heat stroke may be;
· heavy panting
· hyperventilation (deep breathing)
· increased salivation early then dry gums as the heat prostration progresses
· confusion or inattention
· vomiting or diarrhea
· sometimes bleeding
· obvious paleness or graying to the gums
· shallowing breathing
· slowed, barely or not breathing
· vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody
· seizures or coma
If you see signs of heat stroke please call your veterinarian immediately. Be aware that dousing your pet with very cold water or attempting to force them to drink large amounts of very cold water may cause your pet additional harm. Only cool or lukewarm water should be used for wetting down your pet if you suspect over heating.
Here's hoping a safe and wonderful summer to you and your pets!