Keep Pets Safe in the Heat
Critical things you can do to keep your pets safe from heat stroke and other temperature-related trouble.
If you leave when the power goes out, take pets with you.
If you're forced to leave your home because you lose electricity, don’t leave your pets behind. Even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat, whether outdoors in a yard, or inside a house, can be dangerous for an animal. If you need to find a cool place to stay, contact your local government emergency management office for pet-friendly shelter information, or contact pet-friendly hotels and motels outside the affected areas.
If you can't find a hotel or shelter, check with friends, relatives or others outside your immediate area. Ask if they would be able to shelter you and your animals or just your animals, if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may need to house them at separate locations.
Some boarding facilities and veterinary offices might be able to shelter animals in emergencies. Your local animal shelter will probably won't have room to board your pets during this heat emergency, but they may be able to recommend alternate facilities. If you stay, keep your pets cool.
If your power's out, and you decide to ride out the heat with your pets at home, keep windows and doors open for air ventilation, but cover them with shades or sheets to keep the sunlight out. Make sure you and your pets drink as much water as possible. Pets outdoors must have access to shade—if you don’t have tree shade, hang a tarp or sheet to create some. Don't put your pet in a dog house—it makes the heat worse.
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short, smushed muzzles, will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.
What to do if you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke:
Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.
Year-round hot weather tips
Never leave your pets in a parked car.
Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact the nearest animal shelter or police. Spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars by printing out our Hot Car flyer (PDF) to post in public places and share with your friends, family, and coworkers.
"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."
Taking a dog’s temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Their temperature should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees, If it does, immediate steps need to be taken. Don't rely on a fan.
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people. Provide ample shade and water.
Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse. Limit exercise on hot days.
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who, because of their short noses, typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
+ Donation Challenge to Help the Shelter!
It all started with a challenge from the Tawas Bay Eagles No. 2588, challenging everyone to triple their $100 donation. Well, it didn't take long before that challenge was met by the GFWC Woman's Club of East Tawas, Inc., who then challenged any other club or individual to meet or exceed their donation. Well that was just met by Michael & Anita Holland of East Tawas, who is now challenging all residents of Iosco County to give what they can.
These Donations are now more important then ever. Due to budgetary constraints, the Iosco County Commissioners have been forced to eliminate the Animal Shelter's funding. The Iosco County funding covers a major portion of the Shelter's annual costs, so 2012 will be a real struggle for us to keep the shelter operating.
Lets see how far we can make this challenge go, see how you too can help the shelter, and donate today (Click her to find out how)posted on 12/29/11
Iosco Animal Shelter3881 W. M-55
Tawas City, MI 48763
Located just east of Sand Lake Rd.
Main Telephone:(989) 362-3170
Adoption/Shelter Hours:Monday - Friday: 1pm - 5:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am - Noon
Closed Sundays & Holidays
Executive Director:Mary Kuron
ICHS Fee StructureAdoption Fees:
$35 - Adoption
$50 - Adoption Deposit (Refundable)
$10 - 1 Animal
$25 - 2 or More Animals
$15 - Fee 1st Offense
$25 - 2nd Offense
$35 - 3rd Offense
$10 - Boarding per day
Iosco County Humane Society
2014 Meeting DatesThe Iosco County Human Society meetings are held at 7:00pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the animal shelter