The heat wave can be dangerous for your pets. The Oregon Humane Society has these tips to keep your four-legged friends safe:
- Pavement, asphalt, metal, and even sand that have been heated by the sun can burn dogs’ paw pads. Remember: if the surface is too hot for your hand for 8-10 seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.
- Do not leave pets unattended outside when it gets hot; bring them inside.
- Leave your pet at home when you are running errands – never leave your pet in the car when the weather is warm. Download an infographic that shows how hot a car can get.
- Keep water bowls full of fresh, cool water and provide plenty of shaded areas when pets are outdoors.
- Know the symptoms of heatstroke in pets. This can include heavy panting, lethargy and vomiting. Contact a vet immediately and help your pet cool down slowly.
- Walk or exercise your dog when the temperature is cooler in the early morning and late evening.
- Brain work such as using puzzle toys and teaching a new trick can be a good way to keep a dog busy in an air conditioned environment
- Know where the local, pet-friendly cooling center is located.
More tips and advice from Oregon Humane Society - https://www.oregonhumane.org/hot-weather-safety-for-pets-resources/
Information and links to cooling centers from Multnomah County Animal Services - https://www.multcopets.org/keeping-your-pets-cool-hot-weather
Source: Oregon Humane Society