Hot hot hot

Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere. I know this because our cats are now seeking the shade in the middle of the day. They even appreciate the tiled floor at this time of year and stretch out on it to cool down. The rest of the year they take the shortest route across it that they can because they think it feels cold on their paws!

Mulberry, Persian cat

Mulberry

We have a heat wave that is forecast to last for the next week or two. I’m taking my walks very early and I enjoy having a splash in a cool stream to cool down. I’ve written before about the ways I stay cool – Wise Up, Cool Down.

I hardly get to go in the car at all in the hot weather, but I hear that some people still leave dogs and young children in the car when it’s hot. Some of them have died. The car heats up very quickly and becomes unbearably hot. Veterinarian Dr Ernie Ward closed himself in a car with the windows slightly open and made a YouTube video showing how quickly it became unbearably hot – you can see it here. It was a hot day when Dr Ward did this, but even at moderate temperatures of 22°C/72°F the temperature inside the car can soar to 47°C/117°F in under an hour.

Aqua paw print

Heatstroke can be fatal. Some warning signs of heatstroke are:

  • heavy panting
  • profuse salivation
  • a rapid pulse
  • very red gums/tongue
  • lethargy
  • lack of coordination
  • reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.

If a dog is showing signs of heatstroke, it is important to get the dog into a cool place. Here is some advice from the RSPCA about first aid to cool the dog down. It is important to do this and take the dog to a veterinary surgery as, even if the dog appears recovered, there could be complications later.

Puppies are more at risk of getting heatstroke than adult dogs, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. Don’t let them keep tearing around in the heat, calm them down and get them to sit in the cool.

Aqua paw print

My guinea pig friends at Hutch A Good Life have written some excellent advice about keeping our smaller furry friends safe in the hot weather. Our little grass-munching buddies just need a few simple precautions to protect them, so that they can enjoy being outside.

I’ve been very serious this week, but just remember that even lizards get too hot and move out of the sun! Be safe and enjoy the summer!

See you next Wednesday!

Aqua paw print

Update: Some really important points that shouldn’t be missed were made in the comments.

Ann “Paws” Staub took her own temperature after a hot car journey and her temperature was high, so we need to be aware that animals can overheat while we are on the move.

Animalcouriers reminded us that the ground can be very hot and burn paws badly.

Piranhabanana raised the point that some rooms, such as garages, can get very hot. It depends on the design of the house, be aware which rooms get too hot and don’t close animals in them.

Cody posted a link to an infographic giving signs of heatstroke in cats, while his brother Dakota posted about what you can do to help if you see a dog in a hot car.

Flea told us that our feathered friends, such as chickens and ducks, need plenty of water and shady spots.

113 Comments

  1. Thanks for this Clowie! I had to call the police the other day because someone left their dog in the car at the grocery store. The windows were only down a couple of inches, which does no good BTW, and it was over 80°F!!!

  2. Oh, sweet Clowie it is hot here too, triple digits the last two days and again today. All the cats stay in all the time and when it is so hot Chancy runs out to do his business and runs right back in where it is cool. We wish all doggies, kitties and little people were taken care of properly and not left in hot places. Hugs and nose kisses

    • We’re lucky to have somewhere safe and cool. I wish there could be a comfortable cool spot for all animals and people. And plenty of cool water.

  3. Clowie make sure you do not get heat stroke x

  4. We can’t thank you enough for bringing this to everyone’s attention! Our Mom worries so much about animals left in cars at this time of year and she gets so mad when she sees it happening. Stay cool, all of you! Purrs…

  5. Great info Clowie! You can never be too careful in this heat!

  6. A super informative (and important) post! Stay cool!!!!
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

  7. We are in a heat wave now. I am not a fan of heat. Fan of heat~Ha. Not a fan of summer. I need Fall. I think this is a most excellent post today. Heat is hard on us all and animals depend on us to use good judgement and keep them out of the heat. Good post Clowie. That Kitty has some fur!

  8. Yes, us too. We walk early morning. Even late afternoon it is too hot. Stay cool n be safe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  9. We know of one furry friend who lost his life in the heat, it is a very important message.

  10. We got the fans going,,tiles to lay on, and ice in our water…we are used to hot summers here.
    The REAL Maple Syrup MOb
    xxxxx

  11. We can’t get this message out enough; bipeds continue to think their precious companion dog just loves to go every where they go…even in the hottest of temps. Crazy and criminal; thank you Clowie for bringing this up…paw hugs, Savannah

    • I think it’s usually due to not thinking, or not knowing how quickly a car can heat up, so it’s worth repeating the message. I do hope more people will think about keeping their animals cool.

  12. It’s sad that there are still some foolish humans who don’t know how to protect us from the heat Clowie…Thank you for a great post full of wise reminders

  13. Stay Cool beautiful Clowie ….
    and great facts for all about the heat xxxx
    love xxx cat xo

    • Thank you. I’ll keep in the cool as much as possible.

      • with all your beautiful furr omg …….Clowie xxxx
        It’s Hot here tooo in Toronto …………..
        and the larger sized doggies only go out in the am and in the evening xxx
        Cxx

        • It sounds as though they’re wise doggies and have their people trained well. I have my main walk in the early morning. At this time of year where we are, a mountain blocks direct sunlight until about 9am, so the mornings are usually very pleasant. I only have a short stroll in the late evening because it’s still hot then, it takes a long time to cool down.

          • and the sun sets very late right xxxx
            only the small doggies – i think seem to handle it better xxx like chihuahuas 🙂 lol
            xxxx
            Love You and stay cool xo C

          • Yes, sunset is about 9.30 for us at present. The sun feels strong till it disappears, so it takes hours to cool down.

          • Same here ………. around 6pm it’s the HOTTEST …………… xo

  14. Excellent advice, Clowie, that I hope everyone will heed! There’s simply no excuse for leaving pets or children in a car on a hot day.

    • Thank you. I hope more people will start thinking more carefully. I can understand some people not knowing how quickly a car heats up, but sometimes it’s the people who should be setting an example – such as police dog handlers.

  15. It is a serious subject, Clowie! Ma and I are glad you sharing steps for our people to keep all us critters safe and cool in the summer heat. I know last year as a baby I didn’t use half the sense God gave me and ran around like a nut, but Ma made me settle, cooling me off, even bringing water on walks.

    Thanks again Clowie for the summer tips.
    Your Poppy

    • Thank you, Poppy. I’m glad your Ma kept an eye on you and kept you safe last year. I hope you’re making it easier for her to keep you cool this year, now that you’re a little older and wiser!

  16. Thanks for the great post, CLowie! That is excellent advice!

  17. This is a very important post. This heat can be very dangerous for our pets and us. Everybody needs to take the necessary precautions. Thank you for sharing it.

  18. It is really hot here too. Temps have reached 100 degrees. We stay inside lots. Stay cool Clowie and have a great weekend!

  19. Sarah Francesances

    That kitty is a real life Garfield! Sooooo cute! My doggies love cold tile… we also have to make sure the water bowls are full for the day. They love drinking out of the water pitcher as I pour it into the bowl, especially because the water comes out cold from the water cooler. Thirst quenching! They also love summer cuts 🙂

    • He does look a lot like Garfield! He uses his cuteness to get what he wants from the bipeds. Cold tiles and chilled water help us a lot in the heat.

  20. Great advice Clowie, its crazy hot here!

  21. How can people leave dogs or cats or little humans inside a car without A/C when it’s hot outside?! This is really irrespawsible!

    I wanted to thank you for your birthday wishes for my purrthday, on Texas’ blog. I know I am terribly terribly late, and I apologize and so I send you plenty of purrs and some silky fur of mine!

    • I think they just don’t realise how quickly it gets dangerously hot. We need to keep telling them!

      It’s lovely to see you and I hope your birthday was all you could have wished for!

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  23. Excellent post! Welldone!!!

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