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Cortland County SPCA Reminding of Dangers to Pets in High Temperatures

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With the hot and humid weather, the Cortland County SPCA is reminding all pet-owners to make sure they keep their pets safe, hydrated, and cool during the heatwave. The temperature heat index is expected to hit 100 degrees over the coming days.


The SPCA says hot temperatures and high humidity can put pets at extremely high risk of illness and/or death when left outside or in a vehicle that is unattended. Pets should never under any type of circumstance be left in a parked car.

Tips to keep your dog cool for the hot weather include walking them during cooler parts of the day (early morning or late evening), constantly providing fresh water, access to shade, and possibly a little splash pad to stay cool.

When out walking your pet, avoid walking them on hot pavement as their paws can easily burn and to keep them out of direct sunlight for long periods of time. A sign of heat stroke in a dog the SPCA says is excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, increased heart rate and seizures.

Some dog breeds are also at more risk for heat related illness. They are Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds including pugs, bulldogs, and boxers. Senior dogs can also be at high risk.

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