Keeping Dogs Safe During Excessive Heat Warnings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — It might seem like a no-brainer: keep your dogs indoors when the heat is unbearable. Basically, if you think it’s hot outside, so will your dog.

The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center wants owners and their dogs to have a safe summer.

“If you happen to lose power at home or elsewhere, keep your dog hydrated,” spokesperson Les Wilson said. “Keep frozen treats or frozen toys handy.”

When the shelter lost power on Tuesday, staff and volunteers began delivering ice cubes to all the dogs in the shelter.

“A third thing you can do, if you have a pool, go swimming,” Wilson said.

He made reference to all kinds of pools, whether it was a kiddie pool, an in-ground or an above-ground pool, and even took your dog to a nearby lake if there is one.

Some common advice from ASPCA

  • Provide enough shade outdoors
  • Use a cooling wrap
  • Never leave your dog in a car

Signs of heatstroke
According to the SPCA, heavy panting to glassy-eyed dogs only sweat from their feet. So watch out for fast heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, dark red or purple tongue, convulsions and unconsciousness.

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