In a heatwave we must all be mindful of our animals. We need to keep our pets indoors with fresh water and a cool place for them to hang out. You might even add a few ice cubes in their water. It serves two purposes, to cool the water down, and it gives them something to play with.
I researched heatwaves and how they can affect our precious pets. Just as humans can get heatstroke, so can cats and dogs.
The signs to watch for are:
1. If your dog is panting excessively or your cat is open-mouth breathing or panting
2. If the color of your dog’s or your cat’s gums change to brick-red and blue-purple
3. If your dog or cat is drooling more than usual
4. If your dog or cat is lethargic or if they collapse
5. If your dog or cat is going into seizures
If they are experiencing any of these signs, call your vet immediately.
We also need to be mindful of leaving your animal in a locked car. On a day when the temperature is 90 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can reach 138 degrees! Please do not take your dog or cat out in a car, just to leave him sitting while you do your errands. Think about how you would feel in 138 degrees.
In a nutshell, we need to be thoughtful and loving towards our pets. After all, they are part of our family.