Extreme heat may harm your pets

Extreme heat may harm your pets
and...Kitten season resulting in shortage of Yesterday's News cat litter

Hagerstown, MD: It's THAT time of the year again and the Humane Society of Washington County wants pet owners to be aware. With the heat index residents of this and surrounding communities need to be prepared. Be aware and care. Know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration and keep your pets cool and comfortable.
Avoid Dehydration & heat stroke:
* Provide adequate shade and ventilation so your pet can get out of the sun and can stay cool. Direct exposure to the sun can result in sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. If possible, keep them inside in air conditioning.
* Always have cool, clean water available. Water is a crucial element in keeping the body from dehydrating so always have clean, cool water rapidly available.
* NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle even with the windows cracked open. When temperatures outside are a comfortable 85 degrees your car can quickly heat up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Your car will become an oven.
Know the Signs of Dehydration/heat stroke:
* Excessive, rapid and loud panting
* Excessive salivating but a dry mouth and dry nose
* Tongue hanging out
* Glazed eyes
* White or pale gums
* Agitated or confused behavior
* Vomiting
* Loss of skin elasticity-when the skin is pulled up it does not return to its normal place but remains raised
* Sunken eyes
What to do if you suspect your pet may be having a heat stroke or be suffering from dehydration:
* Remove your pet to a cool area
* Apply ice packs to your pet's head, neck and chest
* Immerse your pet in cool, NOT COLD, water
* Allow your pet to drink small amounts of water. Chewing on ice cubes is permissible. Too much water will initiate vomiting
* Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately
With kitten season in full swing the shelter is experiencing a shortage of Yesterday's News cat litter. They are asking for donations to be brought to the shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. All donations are greatly appreciated and everyone at the shelter appreciates the public's continued generosity.
The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. Visit our website, www.hswcmd.org, for information on animal related issues, directions to the shelter and information about our programs and services.