Watch for animals in distress from extreme heat

Published on May 13, 2022

someone filling a puppy's water bowl while the puppy looks on

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter reminds residents to keep an eye open for animals that may be struggling in the extreme heat.

In extremely high temperatures, an animal will struggle to lose excess body heat through evaporation. The situation is worsened if humidity is high or if there is no breeze. Tell-tale signs of heat stress: panting, increased respiration rate, increased drinking, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Here are a few important hot weather tips to keep pets healthy:

  • Never leave your animal alone in a vehicle. It can become like a furnace within 15 minutes inside the vehicle. Temperatures can range from 131-172 degrees.
  • Dogs and cats need cool, shady places during hot weather with plenty of clean, fresh water accessible at all times.
  • Try feeding animals in the morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Try taking your dog for a walk in the early morning or evening rather than in the heat of the day. Protect your dog’s paws by walking on grass or other cooler surfaces. A dog’s paws can burn easily.
  • Heatstroke can be life-threatening for dogs and cats.

To report animals that may be in distress situations, call 817-392-1234 for assistance.



Photo: Provide plenty of clean, fresh water that is accessible at all times.



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