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Tips For Protecting Pets in High Temperatures

As summer approaches, high temperatures, sun, and humidity can lead to stress, dehydration, heat stroke, and other severe health issues for pets, livestock, and wildlife. Fort Worth Animal Care & Control (FWACC) offers top tips to help keep animals safe and cool during the brutal summer months ahead.

For Pets (Cats, Dogs, etc.)

  1. Provide Ample Water

    • Ensure access to fresh, cool water.
    • Add ice cubes to water to keep it cool longer.
  2. Offer Shade and Shelter

    • Provide shaded areas for pets to escape the sun.
    • Use pet-safe sunblock on exposed skin.
  3. Avoid Overheating

    • Walk pets early in the morning or late in the evening.
    • Avoid hot pavements.
    • Never leave pets in a parked car.
  4. Use Cooling Aids

    • Provide cooling mats or damp towels.
    • Use fans or air conditioning indoors.
  5. Monitor for Heat Stroke

    • Watch for excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse.
    • Move pets to a cool area and seek veterinary care if needed.
  6. Groom Appropriately

    • Regular grooming helps remove excess fur.

For Livestock (Cattle, Horses, etc.)

  1. Ensure Access to Water

    • Provide ample clean and cool water sources.
    • Consider automatic waterers or frequent refills.
  2. Provide Shade and Shelter

    • Ensure shaded areas or constructed shelters.
    • Use portable shades or shade cloths.
  3. Adjust Feeding Schedules

    • Feed during cooler parts of the day.
    • Provide salt licks or electrolyte supplements.
  4. Monitor for Heat Stress

    • Look for heavy panting, drooling, decreased appetite, or lethargy.
    • Use misting systems or fans in barns.
  5. Manage Workload

    • Limit strenuous activities to cooler times of the day.

For Wildlife

  1. Provide Water Sources

    • Place shallow bowls or birdbaths in shaded areas.
    • Keep water clean and fresh.
  2. Create Shaded Areas

    • Leave parts of the yard wild.
    • Plant native shrubs and trees.
  3. Reduce Lawn Care During Heat

    • Limit mowing and yard work.
    • Create brush piles for shelter.
  4. Maintain Feeders and Birdbaths

    • Refill regularly to support local wildlife.
    • Use drip systems or misters.
  5. Protect Against Heat Stress

    • Avoid using chemicals or pesticides.
    • Keep pets indoors or supervised to prevent stressing wildlife.

General Tips for All Animals

  1. Prep for Emergencies

    • Keep a first aid kit for animals.
    • Have an evacuation plan for pets and livestock.
  2. Support the Community

    • Assist neighbors with pets or livestock.
    • Support local wildlife organizations.
  3. Check Local Regulations

    • Follow local animal welfare guidelines and ordinances related to heat protection.

Staying vigilant and prepared can help ensure the well-being of pets, livestock, and wildlife during the intense summer heat.

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