Animal Welfare in the Summer Heat
Summer is here! In recent years, the summer temps have only been rising. While we can be indoors in the comfort of air conditioning, some of our furry friends are not so fortunate – especially animals of the reservations we serve.
PWNA partners care about quality of life on the reservations and this includes our four legged friends! Through our animal welfare program, Reservation Animal Rescue (RAR), we collaborate with tribal partners to help hungry and injured animals, and alleviate their hardships. Recently, PWNA and RAR received recognition from BlogPaws at their annual conference, which this year was held in Phoenix, Arizona.
A global community connecting pet parents and pet brands for the good of all pets, BlogPaws has shown a tremendous interest in our work and supported RAR in our endeavors toward animal welfare. At the conference, BlogPaws made a helpful donation of $2000, and many vendors at their conference made their own contributions by giving more than eight pallets of products, including food, toys and other supplies we will distribute to our RAR partners across 10 reservations in the U.S. You can learn more about the BlogPaws conference and RAR in this article by Christy Caplan.
Speaking of Christy, we would like to join her in reminding readers you can do your part to help pets. Heat stroke is a risk over the summer, especially to outside animals, and it’s good to remember what your dog or cat looks like at its comfortable “baseline” temperature. Christy shares tips on recognizing heat stroke, and what to do about it. A few of the warning signs to watch for include:
- Nausea and panting
- Wobbliness or weakness
- Increased salivation or heart rate
If symptoms continue after attempts to cool the animal, a vet may be in order. Icing the animal should be avoided. The Humane Society adds these helpful tips for animal care on hot days:
- Limit exercise to prevent overheating.
- Never leave animals in a vehicle unless the air conditioner is running.
- If kept outside, ensure animals can access adequate shade and water.
- Consider a homemade treat like peanut butter pupsicles for dogs!
As you enjoy the summer, please keep your pets in mind and strive to keep them as comfortable as you and your other family members.