Care for your pets in the massive heat

July 22, 2011 1:44:08 PM PDT
The massive heat around the New York area is dangerous for everyone including our pets.

The ASPCA provides tips on how to properly care for your pet during these hot weather days.

  • Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places where pets can cool off.
  • Limit exercise to either early in the morning or late in the evening. Before starting your walk, feel the sidewalk. If it's too hot to touch, it can burn your pet's pads and should be avoided.
  • Bring outdoor pets inside, and give them access to air-conditioned areas of your home. For animals who must remain outside, provide a shady, sheltered place to rest and lots of fresh water in stable containers.
  • Never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time?even with the windows open?leading to fatal heat stroke within minutes.
  • Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke please contact your veterinarian immediately. For more information, go to

    For more information on coping with extreme heat, see the Ready New York: Beat the Heat guide at For more information on the health effects associated with extreme heat visit