As the temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that our pets cannot regulate their own temperature as easily as humans can.

+ Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

+ Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke or even death, it is illegal in several states!

+ No asphalt: The pads of a dogs feet are not any thicker than our feet so if it feels hot to your bare feet then it’s just as hot to your dog. Place the back of your hand against the pavement and hold it there for 11 seconds, if it’s uncomfortable for you to leave your hand there, then you shouldn’t make your dog do it.

+ Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature. If you suspect your pet of overheating spray them with water or place water-soaked towels on the dog’s head, neck feet, chest and abdomen and immediately take your pet to the nearest veterinary hospital.

+ Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Please stick to these basic rules to keep your pets happy and healthy and to protect them from heat stroke. If you have any further questions about pet heat safety please contact Maryke on info@aacl-ct.co.za for more information. If you see anyone not following these imperative pet heat safety rules please report this to our inspectors department Ronel on controlinspector@aacl-ct.co.za or 021 534 6426.