Thursday, June 14, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Taking care of pets during summer heat
The Marshall County Humane Society invites everyone to our regular monthly meeting next Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the public library in Holly Springs.
It’s summer. It’s the South. It’s hot and it will only get hotter. Your pets are depending on you to keep them cool. Dogs on chains, especially, are at the mercy of their owners for shade and water so make sure the water bowl doesn’t easily tip over, keep it full and make sure the chain is long enough to reach a shady spot. (A dog house of any kind, unless it’s air conditioned, does not count for shade. It’s probably hotter in there than it is outside.) Better yet, build a fence and get rid of the chain.
It’s not a treat for Poochie to go riding in the car with you if you’re going to leave him in the parking lot, even with the window rolled down a little. While you’re in the air conditioned store he’s trapped in the car where the temperature will get well above 100 degrees in a matter of minutes (about 40 degrees above the outside temperature).
To cool their bodies dogs need to inhale air cooler than their body temperature of 102 degrees. Inside the car the animal’s efforts to cool off only add the heat from its breath and body to the heat in the car. When the body temperature begins to rise too high cells begin to break down and heat stroke occurs. The symptoms include intense, rapid panting, wide eyes, drooling, weakness and staggering. Loss of consciousness comes next.
If your animal shows any of these signs after getting really hot get it to the veterinarian immediately. Time is of the essence since much of the damage is setting off chain reactions in the body. If there will be any delay run cool water over the animal, making sure it contacts the skin and doesn’t just roll off the fur.
Wet the belly and inside the legs and run water over the tongue and mouth. Even after you have cooled the animal down it is still important to get to the vet to address any injuries that may have occurred to internal organs such as the liver and brain. Without help, heat stroke can be fatal to Poochie.
Dogs with short noses like boxers and pugs, long-haired dogs and those that are overweight are especially vulnerable to heat stroke.
In addition to temperature, humidity, lack of air circulation and lack of water are big factors in heat strokes.
Those few minutes a day it takes to make sure your animal has water and shade can save you a world of problems later on.
To make an appointment to get your animal spayed or neutered at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196.
For information on fostering, adoptions and everything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
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