Health Tips from the Mayor: Summer Time Pet Safety
Posted: August 4, 2014
During the dog days of summer, your pet needs to be protected from the heat. Be careful to not exercise it on very hot and humid days. Make sure your pet is not in the full sun; if it is outside, always be sure there is fresh, clean water available.
Animals should never be left unattended in a car, especially in the summer time. Interior temperatures inside parked cars on a summer day between 80-90 degrees can reach between 100-120 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Heatstroke and even brain damage can occur. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness.
If an animal displays any of these symptoms, get it out of the heat and into an air conditioned area, apply ice packs or cold towels to its head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over it. Give cool water in small amounts and take the animal to a veterinarian immediately. If you need any assistance, please call Randolph Township Animal Control at 973.989.7050. If after hours, contact the Randolph Police Department at 973.989.7000.
For further information, view a flyer about hot cars from the Humane Society of the United States.