Keep pets safe when hot – July 17, 2011

How To Keep Your Pets Safe While Trying To Be The Heat

POSTED: Sunday, July 17, 2011

UPDATED: 12:53 pm EDT July 17, 2011

TEMPERATURES DANGEROUSLY HIGH FOR PETS!!!!!ANOTHER WEEK OF OVER 90 DEGREE WEATHER COMING UP! The Animal Care Network has already encountered dozens of dogs and cats suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Dogs have been collapsing in backyards, on walks and in cars!TIPS: *Heat stroke can happen in as little as ten minutes *Avoid vigorous exercise and walking *Do not leave your pets in your car *Keep fresh cool water available at all times *Keep your dog in a shaded area *Many dogs like to cool off in a “kiddy” poolSIGNS: *Increased temperature *Vigorous panting, thick saliva *Dark red gums *Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up *Collapse and/or loss of consciousness *Dizziness or disorientation


*Move your pet out of the heat and away from sun right away *Go to your local veterinarian immediately *Begin cooling your pet down slowing by placing cool washcloth or towel on the body, especially foot pads and around the head *DO NOT use ice or very cool water, only slowly offer cool water, do not forceIf your dog lives outside, please make sure the area is kept clean every day to avoid flies that feed on dogs in the summer, also please make sure your pet is vaccinated! If you see a dog or cat in need of a help, become that dog’s advocate. Speak with the owner, and if that fails to improve the situation, contact your local animal shelter, humane society or animal control office.

Founded in 1994, the Michigan Animal Adoption Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization in the Metro Detroit area. MAAN frequently engages in special promotions and fundraising efforts on behalf of the animals. MAAN continually strives for new and different ways to educate the public, to raise money to continue its low-cost spay/neuter program, street rescue efforts and to find loving homes for homeless pets. To date MAAN has placed more than 6,210 dogs/cats through the Adopt-A-Pet program and visited over 90,000 addresses to offer assistance through the Animal Care Network. The Animal Care Network has rescued over 12,000 dogs/cats and spayed/neutered over 5,000. ACN hosts vaccine clinics which can vaccinate over 1,300 animals in one day. These programs have received national recognition from Linda Ellerbee of Nickelodeon News and received an Animal Planet nomination.Animal Care Network, P. O. Box 566, Roseville, MI 48066 248-678-2756 Website: E-mail:

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