By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – It is not called the “dog days” of summer for nothing! The hot summer climate can present many issues for pets.
- Heat can affect pets very quickly, so try to keep exposure to a minimum. Walking your dog in the early morning or night can help keep your furry companion cool. And before you walk your dog, make sure to check the surface temperatures of the sidewalk and road. Without regulation, pet paws can burn easily.
- If your pet is outside, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Left without proper care, dehydration can occur quickly.
- Pets can also suffer from heat stroke. Signs are similar to those of humans – glazed eyes, rapid pulse, staggering, vomiting or unsteadiness. If you see these signs, immediately move your pet into a cool area. Pour cool (not cold) water over them, and give them small amounts of water to drink or have them lick an ice cube. Then transport them to a vet as soon as possible.
- Avoid endangering your pets by never leaving them in the car. Temperatures inside cars elevate in only a few minutes, and pets will feel the dangerous impacts quickly.
- Check your pet for ticks, when they have been outside. Read this article to learn about five common places ticks hide on dogs along with prevention measures.
- Be mindful of what your pets nibble on outside to keep them from ingesting poisonous plants.
The 2020 Summer Sense Campaign runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. So every Wednesday, listen for ASAP’s broadcast segment on AFN Bavaria. Then return to this article for the discussed recipes, quizzes and more.