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Pet Lovers

Here in New Orleans, pets are part of our lives as much as anything else. Let the Louisiana SPCA help you care for your pet! 

Weather Precautions

We all know that the weather in Louisiana is unique compared to other places. We hope these weather tips will help you know what precautions to take with your pets, especially during hurricane season. 

 

Summer

  • First and foremost, get to know your breed! Certain dogs cannot be left in the heat for any period of time.

  • If your pet is outside during the day provide protection from the sun and plenty of fresh water. Consider a kiddie pool to help your pet cool off.

  • NEVER, under any circumstances, leave your pet in a parked car! The temperature inside a car can reach 120° in only a few minutes.

  • Exercise your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures are cool.

  • Dogs in truck beds can suffer injury or heatstroke if the truck bed is too hot.

  • Know the warning signs of heatstroke! These include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomit and elevated body temperature.

  • If your pet is suffering from any of the above symptoms, transport him/her to your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately. Affects from heatstroke can be long lasting and deadly. 

 

Winter

  • Pets should not be kept outdoors during the cold weather.

  • If you cannot bring your pets indoors, their outdoor shelter should provide adequate protection from high winds and lower temperatures.  Provide them with a sheltered enclosure and include blankets and pillows to provide them with additional warmth.

  • Be aware that puppies and kittens and senior pets are particularly sensitive to colder temperatures and should never be left outdoors.

  • Gas furnaces and electric heaters should not be left on in a home unattended.  It can create a fire hazard and animals left alone cannot signal for help.

  • Be cautious if your cat likes being outside. Cats left outdoors have a particular hazard; they often crawl into a warm car engine to get warm. When that engine is next started up, the cat can be seriously injured or killed by the fan blade or belt. It's much safer to keep your cat indoors in cold temperatures.

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