I know most of you are going to think this information is just plain common sense. However, if I can reach one person and change a habit or an action that can save an animal’s life, it is worth the time I have spent to write this article:
Hot cars and your pet:
Please do not leave your animal in your vehicle during the summer. The heat inside the car will rise to a dangerous level very quick. The animal could suffer a heat stroke and/or death. Also when an animal’s body temperature is raised higher than normal, internal damage to the organs can be done. This could result in medical issues that are not immediate, but may cause failures to occur earlier than normal in the animal’s life, Such as heart, liver or kidney failure. The problems with leaving an unattended animal in the car with the air conditioner on are many. The animal could knock the car out of park, lock the doors, your car could be subject to theft. So just keep safety in mind for you and your pet.
Animals left outside:
Please ensure there is adequate shade and water and that the animal can get to it. Never chain an animal outside with a training collar or choker collar. Never chain more than one animal out within reach of another. They can become entangled and choke. I did have a case where two dogs became entangled and the smaller dog was no longer able to reach the water or shade. It was not choking but was suffering from heat stroke. Make sure the stool is picked up often. The flies that feed on the stool will multiply and begin to settle on the dogs ears, not to mention become a nuisance to you and your family also. It is miserable for a dog to get their ears eaten by flies. The more flies that bite the more open the area becomes and the more flies are attracted to it. It becomes a snowball of a problem. It would be more humane to put the dog in the basement or even better a kennel/cage inside the home. If you don’t want to be out in the weather your dog should not be left out in it either.
Short nosed breeds:
These dogs are “special”. They can not handle half the time in the heat that other breeds can. I had a case of a great owner, which had their Bulldog on the deck with a huge bowl of water and shade. The dog was not active but died of heat stroke. If you have any doubt about your short nosed dog handling the heat, leave it home in the A/C!! This goes for Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, Brussels Griffons, and any other breed that snores while sleeping and/or awake.
Summer can be full of celebrations and fireworks. Keep your pets contained. Many dogs get away during fireworks and just keep running due to fear. They get hit by a car, they get lost and sometimes never found. When crowds gather your dog can get picked up by someone not from this area and taken far away. Having your pet microchipped and the information current is a great idea just in case. Thanks everyone for taking time to read my article and keep your pets safe!
Submitted by Terri Baker, Animal Control
Dayton Community News