FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2017
With temperatures rising, the city’s Animal Health & Public Safety Division is encouraging pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets to keep them safe this summer. Animal health officers have the following tips:
- Keep your pet hydrated by providing it with plenty of water. Keep pets out of the sun and preferably indoors. Be careful not to over-exert them.
- Symptoms of pet overheating include: excessive panting/difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, weakness, stupor, collapse, seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomit and body temperatures of 104+ degrees.
- Animals with flat faces (i.e. Pugs and Persian cats) are more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively. These types of pets, along with elderly, overweight and/or sick pets, should be kept in air-conditioned settings as much as possible.
- Do not keep pets in a parked vehicle – not only can this quickly lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal.
- Give your pet a haircut to help prevent overheating. Hair should be shaved to one-inch length, but never down to the skin, as fur offers sun protection. Brushing your cat frequently can help prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
If anyone sees a pet in distress, contact 311 or the non-emergency police dispatch line 816-234-5111 and an animal health officer will be dispatched to the scene.
Media can contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala by email at 816-513-3202.