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spcaLA Provides Hot Weather Care Tips for Pets

The recent death of Louisiana Tech’s mascot, an English bulldog named Tech XX, due to negligence in 100-degree heat, has prompted the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (scpaLA) to urge residents to take extra care of their pets in hot weather.

Temperature as high as 100 degrees can cause heat stroke and permanent brain damage to children and pets.

The scpaLA, therefore. provides the following tips to best keep your pet safe:

—Keep plenty of clean, cool drinking water available at all times for your pet, including when traveling. If your pets are left alone during the day, ensure that their bowl is tip-proof.
—Protect your pet from the sun. If your pet must stay in the yard be sure there is adequate shade and ventilation, in addition to water.
—Keep pets groomed. To help your pet stay cool, clip coats short, but not shaved. Since sunburn is a danger to animals, apply regular sun block to vulnerable areas such as the ears and nose.
—Dog pads burn easily so avoid hot surfaces such as asphalt on hot days.
—Exercise pets in the morning or evening when it is cooler. After hiking, make sure to check for foxtails and other burrs, as these can cause major problems.
—If a pet is overcome by heat (detected by excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobility) immerse it in cool water to lower body temperature, then go to a veterinarian. Never immerse a pet in cold water, as it may cause shock.

The scpaLA also reminds pet owners that under California Penal Code 597.7 it is illegal to “leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat.”