Health & Safety

July 17, 2014

Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets.

It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets safe from heat related injuries during the summer.

One of the biggest issues is heatstroke. Heatstroke can be serious and often fatal to an animal and is the result of excessive heat exposure. It is important to avoid strenuously exercising your pet on extremely hot days. Pet owners should observe for signs of heatstroke such as heavy panting, excessive drooling, and inability to maintain balance.

“Be watchful, if your pet shows any sign of heat stress or stroke seek immediate help. Be mindful of your nearest veterinarian facility. If you live on base, the veterinarian facility is not 24/7; it is also closed on the weekends. Therefore, have an alternate or emergency plan,” said Staff Sgt. Rafael Baez, 99th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer.

It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to protect animals during the summer heat. With the temperature reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit it is important to make sure that animals are properly hydrated as well as provided adequate amounts of shade. Animals are often pervious to heatstroke as well as heat related paw injuries so it is vital to be on the lookout for signs of these heat related injuries.

 




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