Note to July 7 Pups in the Park Ticket Holders: DUE TO THE JULY 7 HEAT ADVISORY, PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG TO THE GAME AND FOLLOW OUR HEAT SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS LISTED BELOW. Excessive heat can be extremely dangerous for dogs and we ask you to leave your pets at home, in an air-conditioned or cool, shaded indoor area with plenty of drinking water nearby. The Washington Nationals have generously offered guests to use your 7/7 dog ticket as a 7/7 human ticket at no additional cost. Your $8 donation will still be made to the Washington Humane Society. For more information, please visit the Washington Nationals website at www.nationals.com/pups.
The Washington, DC area is under a heat advisory and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals under such high temperatures. When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.
To keep your pets safe during the current heat advisory and the warm summer months, the Washington Humane Society offers the following tips:
1- Do you like A/C? So does your pet.
Keep pets indoors in air-conditioned environments or near fanned areas.
2- Keep your furry companion cool and hydrated.
Make sure pets have access to shade and plenty of cool drinking water.
3- Get a comfortable workout by taking your pet out in the early mornings or evenings.
Walk or exercise pets in the early mornings and evening to minimize exposure to the heat.
4- Don’t take them out if it will put them at risk!
Leave pets at home in a controlled-temperature environment whenever possible. Pets are often much safer and more comfortable indoors than in vehicles and at outdoor summer events.
5- Never leave pets closed in a hot vehicle! It’s the law.
Even with the windows cracked or open, your car can heat up to very dangerous levels in a matter of minutes.
Pets are vulnerable in severe heat and they depend on their caretakers to help them stay healthy and cool. Signs of over-heating in animals include loud and rapid panting, rapid pulse, glazed eyes, excessive salivation, elevated body temperature, excessive whining or agitation, staring, vomiting, and white or bluish gums. Pets can be cooled immediately by being placed in the shade and sponged with cool water, paying close attention to their heads, feet, and groin area. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian immediately – it could save your pet’s life.