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MACC Reminds Pet Owners to Keep Animals Safe When Temperatures Rise

5/11/2018

Forecast Temps to reach 90 degrees

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees the next few days in Nashville and Metro Animal Care and Control reminds everyone to make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to keep you pets safe.

Safety Tips During Hot Weather

Never leave your pet (or child) unattended in a parked car. It can take a matter of minutes for temps to rise to temps that can cause heat stroke and death. It is best to leave your
pet at home on days when temps are high.

Outside pets should have access to fresh water.

Tethering is prohibited during a period of extreme weather, including without limitation a heat index of ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit (95° F) or above as determined by the National Weather Service, freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, or tornadoes.

Avoid using metal food and water bowls because both can become very hot when temps rise.

Make sure your pet has access to a shaded area of your yard and not on pavement.

Please keep your pet’s paws in mind. Surfaces like asphalt or metal can become dangerously hot. Try to keep your pet off of hot asphalt; not only can it burn paws, but it can
also increase body temperature and lead to overheating. Place your hand on pavement for 5-10 seconds, if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them.

Dogs are unable to sweat, so they pant to dispel heat. Short-nosed breeds are more prone to over-heating due to shorter nasal passages.

MACC also reminds everyone about the following Metro Ordinance that addresses extreme weather.

8.12.030 - Cruelty to animals prohibited

No person shall allow pregnant animals, nursing females, or animals less than six months old to remain outdoors during periods of inclement weather unless such animal is accompanied by a custodian, keeper or handler. For purposes of this subsection, inclement weather conditions shall mean freezing temperatures, a heat index of ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit (95° F) or above as determined by the National Weather Service, thunderstorms, or tornados. Metro Ordinance requires puppies less than six months old and pregnant or nursing dogs must be brought inside.

Pet tethering. For purposes of this subsection, "tether" means a cable, cord, or similar device used to attach an animal to a stationary device, but does not include chains. No person shall allow any animal to remain confined in such a manner as to unreasonably restrict the animal's ability to move. No person shall allow any dog to remain tethered unless all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The tether is not unreasonably heavy in proportion to the weight of the animal.
  2. A swivel is located at both ends of the tether and the tether is free of tangles.
  3. The collar or harness on the animal to which the swivel is attached is properly fitted and is a collar or harness that is commonly recognized as a pet collar or harness (choke and pinch collars are not permitted).
  4. The tether is not less than fifteen feet in length.
  5. Chains shall be prohibited for use as a tethering device.
  6. The animal is not outside during a period of extreme weather, including without limitation a heat index of ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit (95° F) or above as determined by the National Weather Service, freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, or tornadoes.

Signs and symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke: Initial signs of heat toxicity include panting, hypersalivating, weakness, collapse, bright red mucous membranes, and vomiting/diarrhea.

Heat stroke can cause organ damage, seizures, and even death.

If you encounter a pet suffering from heat stroke, hose them down with tepid water or apply towels soaked in tepid (Not cold) water, put them in air-conditioning and transport to an emergency veterinarian immediately.

Please be considerate of your pets and bring them inside when temperatures reach dangerously high levels.