SLC AC & C urging pet owners to be careful of pets and heat
St. Lucie County’s Animal Control staff is urging pet owners to be responsible during the hot summer months and be aware of current county ordinances.
St. Lucie County’s Animal Control Ordinance prohibits pet owners from keeping animals tethered outside during extreme weather conditions.
Additionally, animals kept outside in fenced enclosures must have a covered shelter to provide shade from the heat. Animals should also never be left unattended inside vehicles without air conditioning. Summer temperatures inside a vehicle can cause death and/or brain damage within just 15 minutes. Residents with concerns about the welfare of animals in their neighborhood should call 9-1-1 to report the incident to Animal Control.
This happened to my friend’s dog the other day in a very short period of time. She had the dogs out in their little pen with a cover and found him unconscious and had to revive him.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous situations for any dog. Heat exhaustion is generally the early stages when a dog begins overheating. You can often remedy the effects by taking immediate action to reduce the animals’ body temperature and prevent the more deadly heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, rapid panting, and the skin inside the ears reddening. Get your dog inside quickly to a cooler area like a basement or near a fan, and offer fresh water. Dampen the skin with lukewarm water and allow it to air-dry.
If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, fast action might save their life. Remove the dog from the hot area immediately. Wet him thoroughly with cool to room temperature water and increase air movement around him with a fan. Do not use ice or very cold water: it can be counterproductive since cooling too quickly can trigger other life-threatening conditions. Allow free access to water, but don’t force the animal to drink: they may inhale it or choke.