Remember to keep pets safe from the heat

Published 10:04 pm Friday, June 19, 2015

By Betty Ramsey

It’s hot, and I mean really hot outside. The temperature gauge in my car reads 102. I had to look at it twice just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.  When it gets this hot we need to take extra precautions.
Here are a few tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the summer heat. Stay indoors where it’s air-conditioned as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids. Never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle. Take frequent breaks when outdoors and wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock and light-colored loose-fitting clothes.

For those who are elderly or ill it’s a good idea to have friends or family check in with you a couple of times a day.

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At the first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches or muscle cramps) move to a cool location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. If you don’t feel better in a few minutes seek medical attention immediately.
Pets need special care too. Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a few minutes. Limit exercise to early morning or late evening hours when temperatures are a bit more moderate. Remember that asphalt gets hot enough to burn your pet’s paws and take appropriate action. Provide lots of water and plenty of shade, trees and tarps are ideal.  A doghouse has little ventilation and can just make the heat worse.
Here’s a great idea to cool off this weekend for both your pet and you. Purrfect Bark in Columbus is having an ice cream social for dogs this Saturday. Serving up four different flavors at just $2 each, your four-legged friend is sure to appreciate a nice cold scoop of ice cream. Proceeds will benefit the Foothills Humane Society. They ask that you bring your dog on a leash and you are welcome to have some ice cream
P.S.  If you are looking for a furr-ever friend the Foothills Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee (on approved applications) through August 1. Of course, donations are always appreciated.