Prince George’s County Animal Management Services offers life-saving hot
weather tips for pets
MD - High temperatures. Intense humidity. Storm-related
power outages. The summer months can bring uncomfortable and even dangerous
weather conditions. During this time, animals are vulnerable to overheating,
organ damage and even death.
“The Prince George’s County Animal Management Division recommends that all pets
be kept indoors during this extremely hot and humid weather,” said Chief Rodney
Taylor, Associate Director at the Animal Services Facility. “Keeping pets
hydrated and in a cool place are simple precautions that everyone can take to
keep pets safe.”
Additional life-saving weather tips for pets include:
• Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle.
On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened
slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the
temperature will reach 120 degrees. Also, it’s against Maryland law to leave a
pet in an unattended vehicle.
• Exercise your pet in the morning or
evening hours. When the temperature is very high, hot asphalt can quickly
burn paw pads. If possible, walk your pet in the grass. When planning outdoor
activities carry extra water and a container from which your pet can drink.
• Keep pets groomed. Consider giving
your pet a summer haircut to a one-inch length to help prevent overheating.
Also, brush your cat more than usual to prevent problems caused by high heat.
• Take precautions with old, overweight or animals with special health
conditions. Snub-nosed dogs (Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa
Apsos, Pugs, Shih Tzus, etc.) have compromised respiratory systems and must be
kept in cool places as much as possible. Use a cooling body wrap, vest or mat to
keep your pet from overheating indoors or outside. Soak these products in cold
water, and they'll stay cool (but usually dry) for
up to three days.
• Additional tips and resources for
keeping pets safe during the summer are available online at The Humane Society of the United States and the Prince
George’s County Animal Services Facility websites.
For more information on keeping your pet healthy and safe in any weather
condition, contact County Click 3-1-1.
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