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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League: Monitor Your Animals with Extreme Heat in the Forecast for Days

Washington, DC -  With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures around 90 degrees for the next seven days, the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League is asking all pet owners to take precautions with your pets during this period of extreme heat.

Some tips for pet owners, courtesy of WHS-WARL Director of Behavior and Training Alexandra Dilley.


  • Keep your pets indoors when temperatures are extreme and in the shade when they are outdoors.
  • Walk your pets early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Give pets plenty of water to avoid dehydration.  When you walk your pet or take your pet outside, carry water with you.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.  Temperatures in cars can increase rapidly and become lethal.
  • Animals with short noses such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers and Persian cats, struggle in the heat.  Dogs and cats cool themselves by breathing through their mouths, but those with flat faces cannot cool as quickly and need extra attention.
  • If your pet is panting excessively, drooling, struggling to walk, is lethargic or has bloody diarrhea or vomiting, know that that these are potentially signs of overheating. 
  • Windows in the home that are open should have screens.  Pets can fall out of open, unsecured windows.
  • Be careful with dogs on asphalt in the heat.  Not only are their paws sensitive but because their bodies are closer to the asphalt, they can overheat more easily.
  • As always, if you think your pet is in distress due to the heat, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

 About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL-WHS):

The Washington Humane Society -Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others.  Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region. 



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