The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind pet owners that pets need special care during the hot summer months. When the temperature rises, dogs and cats should be inside with air conditioning or fans, or in the shade if they’re outside. All animals need access to lots of clean, cold water to help them stay hydrated. Pets can get dehydrated quickly so it’s important that you keep them cool and comfortable.
Be careful not to over-exercise them especially when it’s very hot. Walks in the early morning and later in the evening with short walks during the day are best.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked car! Even with the windows open on a hot day it can become very hot very quickly which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Please leave your pets home on hot days. Dogs will enjoy a dip in a pool, pond, lake or even a small plastic pool and it will help them cool down and feel more comfortable. But keep in mind that not all dogs are strong swimmers so keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t stay in too long. Special care should be taken for overweight, elderly or sick animals in the hot weather as well.
For more information and tips, please contact the shelter at 802-483-6700.