Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals Offers Summertime Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe. Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance for NYC’s Animals said, “Dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable in high heat and humidity. Following a few common sense tips will keep your pet safe, healthy and comfortable in this week’s dangerous weather conditions.”
- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car, even for a “minute.” Even with a window cracked open, a parked car can heat up dramatically and pose an immediate danger to an animal. If you see a pet in a parked car, seek out a police officer or call 911 for help.
- Don’t take your dog out during the hottest time of the day. This will help protect her from overheating and sunburn. Yes! Your dog can get sunburn. Also, remember that asphalt, blacktop and concrete get HOT! Dogs – little ones especially – are very close to the ground. The radiating heat can contribute to your dog overheating – and burn their paws.
- If you take your dog for a walk in hot, humid conditions, wet his coat thoroughly – including the paws and outside of the ears – before you leave the house. Bring water!
- Limit your dog’s exercise. A dog’s temperature can soar to 106-degrees in a flash. If your dog begins to exhibit signs of distress – heavy panting, difficulty breathing, bright red tongue, vomiting, and/or unsteadiness – get him to a cool place and call your veterinarian.
- Make sure your cats and dogs have access to clean, fresh water.
- Check that your window screens are secure to protect your pets from falling out.
Hoffman added that no matter what time of year it is, make sure your pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, licensed (dogs) and protected against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.