Surviving the Heat

Hot Weather Tips from the Edgewater Animal Services to Keep your Pet Safe When the Temperature Rises.

The Florida summer may be beautiful, but for dogs and cats left without a cool place to rest and plenty of water, the high temps can deadly. Edgewater Animal Services offers these tips for pet owners to help keep their four-legged friends safe and cool.

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. The temperature in your car can exceed 110 degrees in minutes. It is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes. Accidents can even happen if pets are left inside vehicles that are running with the air on.
  • Be certain pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
  • Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sun moves in the late afternoon. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun. A shade tree is great, but it is not enough, because in Florida we also have afternoon thunder storms with deadly lightning. Pets need shelters and should never be chained. They can be electrocuted.
  • Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside. Another tip is to clip the handle of the water bucket to your fence.
  • If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, lethargic behavior), right away begin treatment by applying cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!
  • Inexpensive plastic kiddie pools are a fun way for your dog to cool down (fun to watch them too!) just be certain that the water is fresh. Some dogs enjoy playing in sprinklers as well.
  • If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home.
  • During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for Heartworm Disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and begin Heartworm prevention medication.
  • When the weather is dangerously hot, bring your pets inside.
  • Do not house your pet in a garage or any other area that is not well ventilated

To report an animal in heat-related jeopardy, please call the Edgewater Animal Shelter at (386) 957-3994.