Extreme Heat Means Danger For Pets

Veterinarians provide tips to keep pets safe


This week, temperatures in much of the United States are expected to climb to beyond the 90 degree mark, with heat indices above 100 degrees. This can mean extreme danger for pets.

To keep pets safe, the veterinarians at Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (www.ChicagoPetEmergency.com) remind pet owners of the following:

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a car.  Even with the windows open, the interior temperature of a car can exceed 100 degrees in a matter of minutes on a warm day.  This can cause heatstroke, a life threatening condition for pets. Heatstroke can lead to kidney failure, brain damage, and in severe cases, death.
  • Asphalt, concrete and sand can become extremely hot. Use caution when allowing a pet to walk on these surfaces as they can quickly burn a pet's paw pads.
  • Keep pets indoors. It's best to keep pets indoors in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible on extremely hot days. When outdoors, pets should have access to shade and plenty of cool, clean drinking water.
  • Don't over-exercise your pets.  Exercise is great for pets, but it's important to use caution. Avoid excessive exercise on hot days. Any exercise should take part during the coolest part of the day.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a pool or lake. Not all dogs are good swimmers. Some may get tired or have difficulty getting out of the water, leading to problems or even drowning.
  • Prevent sunburn. Light-colored dogs, hairless dogs and dogs that have been shaved can get sunburned. Use a pet-specific sunscreen to keep your pet safe from sunburn when it is outdoors.
  • Use only pet-safe products. Never use sunscreen or insect repellant on animals unless it is specifically approved for use on that species. Some products made for human use are toxic to pets.

Pet owners who think their pet may be suffering from heatstroke should immediately move the animal to a cool place and begin cooling the pet. Pets can be cooled with damp towels or by immersing the animal in cool (not cold) water or rinsing it off with a hose. Pet owners should also seek immediate care from their veterinarian or from an emergency veterinary center. Veterinarians can help cool pets with intravenous fluids and other medical resources.

Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center never closes and is prepared to treat any emergency a cat or dog may encounter including heatstroke, burnt paw pads and sunburn.

Media Availability:  Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center will make every effort to provide credentialed members of the media access to a staff veterinarian for interviews and to our facility at 3123 N. Clybourn, Chicago, Illinois  60618 for video-taping. To arrange an interview or to shoot footage at the facility, please contact Virginia Mann, 312-420-3344 or Virginia@VirginiaMann.com

About Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

Chicago's oldest and largest pet emergency facility, the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center provides advanced emergency, critical and specialty care for cats and dogs. Each year the center treats more than 11,000 cats and dogs in its emergency room and thousands more are cared for by veterinary specialists. Staffed by a highly-trained team and equipped with the latest technology, Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is always open – 24 hours, every day of the year.

In addition to emergency veterinarians and staff, Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center offers board-certified veterinarians who specialize in cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology and surgery. This state-of-the-art facility includes ultrasound and MRI equipment, specialized surgical suites, a blood bank, specialized oxygen cages, heart monitors, an on-site laboratory and more.  Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center has been providing emergency care for cats and dogs since 1978.

Media Contact:

Virginia V. Mann
Virginia V. Mann, Etc.
Phone:  312-420-3344
Email:  Virginia@VirginiaMann.com
Website:  www.VirginiaMann.com

Media Contact: Virginia Mann, Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, 312-420-3344, Virginia@VirginiaMann.com

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