Wilmington – The Delaware Humane Association reminds pet-owners to protect their pets from heatstroke during the hot summer months by never leaving a dog or cat in a parked car, keeping pets inside on hot days, and avoiding exercising pets in hot weather.
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate treatment. Within just minutes, the temperature in a parked car — even one with partially opened windows– can soar past 120 degrees, resulting in brain damage or death. Play it safe by leaving your pet cool and refreshed at home.
There are a few steps you can take to help prevent heatstroke:
.Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Cars heat up very quickly and are the most common cause of heatstroke. Even if you open the windows it does little to slow the overheating process. Panting requires large amounts of air to move heat away from your pet and when the heat is trapped into the car, they can overheat and die within minutes.
.Ensure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. If outside, place water in a shady area. Consider using frozen water bottles to keep it cool – or provide a number of water bowls in different areas.
.Avoid exercising your pet during the hottest hours of the day, especially in the summer months. Enjoy early morning and evening walks.
.Ensure that you stop to let your pet rest and drink on a regular basis if walking your dog for any long period of time,
.Ensure that pets have adequate shade to shelter from the sun if pets must be outdoors during hot weather.
If you see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call the local police or a local animal shelter