Hot Weather Tips

DID YOU KNOW

  • It is against the law in the City of Cabot to leave your pet in your vehicle when the outside temperature is 80 degrees or above, unless the vehicle is running and air conditioner is on.  The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees or hotter within minutes, even with the windows partly open on a cloudy day.  A parked car can quickly become deadly for an animal shut inside.
  • Dogs and cats cool themselves by panting and releasing heat through their paws.  With only hot air to breathe inside a vehicle, it is impossible for a pet to cool themselves adequately.  
  • A body temperature of 107 degrees may cause brain damage or death from heat stroke.
  • Signs of heat stress include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, vomiting, listlessness, or lack of coordination.
  • Your dog or cat will be more comfortable left at home.  Even leaving your animal in a hot vehicle for just 10 minutes can result in serious injury or death.

HEAT STROKE SYMPTOMS

Your animal will exhibit the following symptoms if it is suffering from a heat stroke:

  • Exaggerated panting or sudden stopping of panting
  • Rapid or erratic pulse
  • Salivation
  • Anxious or staring expression
  • Weakness or Muscle tremors
  • Lack of coordination
  • Tongue and lips very red (may turn bluish)
  • Convulsions or vomiting
  • Collapse, coma, and death

EMERGENCY TREATMENT

If your dog or cat show symptoms of heat stroke follow these instructions:

  • Immediately move your animal to a cool, shady place
  • Wet the animal with cool (not cold) water all over its body or immerse in lukewarm water.  Gradually apply cooler water to lower your animal's body temperature.
  • Fan rapidly to promote evaporation.  This process will help reduce your animal's core body temperature.
  • Do not apply ice.  This constricts the blood flow which will inhibit cooling.
  • Allow your animal to drink some cool water
  • Take your animal to a veterinarian immediately for further treatment.  The veterinarian may give intravenous fluids to rehydrate your animal and oxygen to prevent brain damage.