SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts hit 95 degrees Monday. Heatwaves can be dangerous for both you and your pets.
Tuesday will be in the 90s once again and if we think it’s hot, it’s even hotter for pets and they have a harder time keeping cool. You do not want to leave your pet in a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, but there is a little more to it than just that.
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do, and fans do not cool off pets as effectively as they do people. The humane society recommends a few things to protect your pets from the heat, for example:
Limit exercise on extreme hot days: Only allow them to run around early in the morning and late at night.
Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they do not obstruct airflow: Things like doghouses make the heat worse and never leave your pet in a hot car.
It’s also very important to remember that asphalt gets extremely hot, it can burn the pads of animal’s feet.
“Young dogs, overweight dogs, elderly dogs, there are factors in their physicality those with short muzzles like bulldogs those with flat faces like pugs or Persian cats they can’t pant as effectively,” said Lee Chambers, spokeswoman for Dakin Humane Society.
Not only can the air temperature be to hot for your pet, but the ground can be to. It can burn the pads of their feed. The best way to test it is by feeling the ground, if it’s too hot for you it’s way too hot for them.
Be on the lookout for signs of overheating, these include:
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
If you see any of those sign, put towels soaked in cool , not cold, water on your pet and get them to the vet right away.
Remember, it’s illegal in Massachusetts to leave animals inside the car during extreme heat.