Animal experts urge pet owners to keep an eye on their animals during extreme heat

With a dog’s body temperature being much higher than humans, pet owners should look out for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Amanda Eustice

Jun 18, 2024, 9:59 PM

Updated 32 days ago

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As temperatures continue to rise around New Jersey, animal shelter workers at Eleventh Hour Rescue in Mount Olive say pets are just as vulnerable to the heat as their owners.
"They're like 10 times hotter. It's like putting on a mink coat and going on a run outside for them," said kennel manager Alex Galdi.
She says in extreme heat the shelter takes extra precautions to make sure all dogs are safe.
"We try to walk them in the morning or at night close to evening time so that way it's not as hot outside. Some of the dogs like pools, so we have a swimming pool. We keep them off of the concrete or the asphalt keep them in the grass or the shade and very short sparse walks," said Galdi.
Galdi says like humans, dogs can suffer from heat exhaustion or even, worse heat stroke.
With a dog’s body temperature being much higher than humans, pet owners should look out for symptoms like difficulty breathing, continuous panting, lethargic behavior, vomiting and excess urination.
"The first thing to do is, if they're experiencing heat stroke, get out of the heat. Do not give them cold water, it is going to shock their bodies," said Galdi. "What you want to do is give them room temperature water, just a little bit at a time. Cool down their chest with some cool water, not too cold and get them to a vet if they are having heat stroke."
Rescue workers say if one must go out into the heat, they should do their best to leave their animals at home. Animals should never be left alone in a hot vehicle.


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