How to Help Animals During a Heatwave

With summer temperatures scheduled to soar, we compiled a list of helpful tips on how you can help wildlife and pets.

  1. Put out a birdbath. To make it even more attractive, the National Wildlife Federation suggests hanging a drip jug over your birdbath. Hang a plastic milk jug with a tiny hole in the bottom. The sound of dripping water attracts birds.
  2. Put out a shallow bowl of water for animals without wings. Be sure to put a stick or large rock inside the bowl to help any smaller animals that might fall in get out. And change the water every couple of days to avoid growing mosquitos.
  3. Know the symptoms of overheating in dogs such as excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, clumsiness and diarrhea. For more information, check out PetMD or Healthy Pets.

    (Weather Authority)
  4. We hope we don’t have to tell you not to leave your pet inside your car (even with the windows open). But you also shouldn’t let your dog walk on asphalt or cement. You can test the temp of asphalt by putting the back of your hand and hold it for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.
  5. You may be tempted to shave your dog, but according to the ASPCA that can actually do more harm than good. A dog’s coat helps insulate him and protect him from the heat.
  6. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  7. Add ice cubes to your pet’s bowl to help cool him down.

And if you get desperate to cool things down, try making this redneck air conditioner: