Statement as issued Wednesday:
The Allen County SPCA is asking all pet owners to take precautions for their pets in this extreme heat.
- Please keep pets indoors in air conditioning or in cool area.
- Keep extra water bowls out for pets and add ice cubes to hydrate throughout the day.
- Suspend walks with your pets. If you must walk pets on leash for purposes of them relieving themselves, avoid hot pavement as their pads on their feet can be burned.
- Limit outside time to just enough to relieve themselves. Suspend extra playtime.
- Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, drooling, mild weakness, increased heart rate, bloody diarrhea and vomit. If you see these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Pets like Pugs and Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively due to their flat face.
- Elderly pets, pets that are overweight and any with heart or lung disease are also more vulnerable and should be kept in cool air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- NEVER leave animals parked in a vehicle.
- Leave your pets at home if you are going to watch fireworks. They cause stress and can also damage their hearing.