With Las Vegas summers in the triple digits and very little humidity, when is it too hot for those pets that take up residence in Las Vegas? When should animal lovers be extra careful?
Here are a few things for Las Vegas pet owners to keep in mind.
With hot days well over 90, the temperature inside a car can rise to 140 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Animals do not have quick cooling instincts like humans and these levels are life-threatening. Don’t leave your pets in the car. Take them inside if the store permits or leave them at home. You’ll survive and so will they.
Unless there is plenty of shade and access to water in your backyard or they love to swim in your pool, leave the pets inside. Expose them to the high heat for short periods of time. Pets too are privy to heat strokes. Look for these warning signs: rapid breathing or pulse, vomiting, unsteadiness, glazed look in the eyes. Give them ice/water to cool them down. Spray them with the mister to expedite cooling.
Don’t worry if they don’t want to eat. Humans don’t like to eat when it’s really hot either.
If you like to take walks, bring water along for your pet and check to make sure the temperature of the sidewalk isn’t scalding. Dogs don’t wear shoes and although they have padded paws, they are still susceptible to burns.
Best option? Keep them inside. Teach them to use the toilet and they won’t ever have to be let out again if they don’t want to.