You know it’s bad when the OZY Fest and the NYC Triathlon get cancelled, but what are residents of the Burroughs supposed to do at home without fully functioning air conditioning? This summer’s power outages may have surprised few, but to be taken off the grid for repairs and maintenance is a tough pill to swallow, especially for those of us with animals to care for.
Brooklyn pets in the heat take on their own specific safety requirements. Luckily, the strategies necessary for people to avoid heat-related illness or injury is exactly the same for the health and welfare of animals.
For a huge municipality battling energy crises, it can feel like an indulgence to leave the AC running while away from home. However, without temperature control a pet trapped inside an apartment may be at risk for heat stroke. Senior pets and brachycephalic breeds are considered to be higher-risk for heat-related illness.
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When the heat index threatens people, pets are also placed in harm’s way. That’s why it’s often best to leave pets at home where they have unrestricted access to AC, fans, fresh water, a cool tile floor or porcelain sink, and all their creature comforts. Please remember that open screened windows can create fall risks for pets on higher floors.
If an apartment doesn’t have proper air flow, the only alternative is to take your pet with you. Obviously, this can create barriers for many New Yorkers, but the following may cause or solve problems for Brooklyn pets in the heat:
While you’re enjoying outdoor summer activities (they’re fun and they help you stay safe!), be sure that your Brooklyn pets in the heat aren’t showing any of the following symptoms:
- Panting without exertion
- Thick, ropy, excessive saliva
- Internal temperature of 103 or higher
- Rapid or irregular heart beats
- Little or no urine output
- Reddened gums
- Black, tarry or bloody stools
- Uncharacteristic wobbliness or lack of coordination
- Changes in mood or mental state
As always if you have any questions about how else you can support Brooklyn pets in the heat, our veterinarians and staff members are always here for you at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital.