With triple-digit temperatures sizzling the San Gabriel Valley and no reprieve in sight, it's important for people to take extra precautions with their pets.
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA recommends the following tips to keep your pets cool in hot weather:
- Keep your pets hydrated with plenty of cool water.
- Provide shade if your pet is outside.
- If you want to exercise your pet, do so during the early morning or later evening hours.
- Your dog's pads can burn easily when walking on asphalt,tile cement or other similar surfaces. Walk them later in the evening or early in the morning when it's cool.
- You can apply sunblock on your dog's nose, ears and belly to prevent sunburn. Ask your veterinarian what brand you should use.
- For rabbit owners: Place a two-liter frozen bottle of water in your rabbit's hutch. This acts as a natural air-conditioner.
- For cat owners: Place your cat in a sink(porcelain tends to stay cooler) or bathtub with a few ice cubes to play with. This way your cat can have fun and stay cool at the same time!
- Do not leaving your pet in the car. If you see an animal left in a car in hot weather, you can report it to us. Call 626.792.7151 and ask to speak with Field Services.
- Last, but not least, if your pet is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobile) take him/her immediately to your veterinarian for proper care.
If you have further questions, call the Pasadena Humane Society at 626.792.7151.
Stay safe and be cool!