CHARLESTON – Charleston Animal Society has issued a pet health advisory effective immediately. With today’s official arrival of Summer, temperatures this week are expected to reach well into the 90s, compounded by a heat index above 100. This means pets are more at risk than at any other time of year.
“Most people love to spend summer outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO, Joe Elmore. “Coupled with the humidity, the temperature will feel like well above 100 degrees for both humans and animals.”
Every year there are tragic cases involving animals kept in hot cars, pets outdoors in the unforgiving sun, or those becoming the victim of heat stroke. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion each year due to being left inside vehicles.
Nine King Charles Spaniels died in the back of a Mt. Pleasant Physician’s vehicle in the summer of 2014, when he left them to go in and work. These deaths are tragic but entirely preventable.
The first myth to debunk is “cracking a window. Plain and simple, cracking the windows in a vehicle makes little to no difference to lessen the temperature within it. On a hot day, the temperature in your vehicle can exceed 120 degrees within 20 minutes, which can be fatal to your pet.
Similarly, be careful when playing with your pets on a summer day. Temperatures outdoors when a dog is left in the sun (and even in the shade) can cause extreme injury or death. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke.
Pools for Pups Program
Charleston Animal Society Cares about the health of dogs in our community. That’s why we are kicking off summer with our “Pools for Pups” campaign! With the extreme heat we have been experiencing, many dogs are at risk for heat stroke. Having a wading pool for your dog to cool down is a great way to help them with the extreme heat and humidity. If your dog has to be outside, please stop by our shelter and pick up a pool to help keep them cool! If you know of a dog in your community that needs a pool please pick one up for them.
Don’t need a pool but want to help? Donate to our “Pools for Pups” campaign at www.Charlestonanimalsociety.org/donate
Rules to Live By:
• Never leave a pet inside a parked car.
• Limit time outdoors.
• Decrease level of play due to heat.
• Exercise during the coolest times of day.
• Always have water available.
• Look for cues from your pet that he or she is getting hot.
When Traveling with a Pet, Never Leave Him/Her in a Vehicle:
• Use drive-thru services at restaurants and pharmacies
• Use pet-friendly stores where your pet can go in with you
• Eat at outdoor cafes where your pet can eat with you
• Take a friend with you, and have him/her walk your pet while you shop
• Leave your pet at home in the air-conditioning