Homeless People with Animal Companions

Heat

The heat is hard to manage for people and for pets.  If your pets are in vehicles, carriers or tied up they can't find their way to the shade, to get a drink or to move somewhere cooler. 

Cats in cars in carriers have it worst of all with no air circulating even if the windows are open.

Heat in Cars

Even with the window open it's still hot in a vehicle.  

70 degrees can become 104 degrees after 30 minutes

80 degrees 114 degrees after 30 mintues

90 degrees  124 degrees after 30 minutes

Your pet will suffer, over heat and dehydrate. 


Walking your Dog

Put your hand on black top and count to 8.  If it's too hot for your hand then it's certainly to hot for your dog.

An outside temperature of 77 degrees can mean black top of 125 degrees.  At 86 degrees outside black top can get to 135 to 143 degrees.  Heat is retained in pavement as the day passes.  An egg  fries in 5 minutes at 131 degrees.

Think about where to walk your dog.


Keeping pets cool

If you can freeze some bottles of water, wrap them in a towel and place them in a crate with a cat or dog.  The frozen water will keep the air temperature lower for a while.

DO NOT let the pet's skin come in contact with the frozen bottle.

Ticks

Out in grass with your dog and there's possibility of a tick attaching to your dog and you. Ticks prefer your dog's head, neck, groin, armpits and paw areas but will attach anywhere.  Ticks can lead to Lyme's disease in people and dogs and other symptoms in dogs blood loss, anemia, tick paralysis and skin irritations and infections.

Check your dog daily for any ticks. 

Remove the tick, with blunt tweezers if you can get them, grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out.

Do not twist the tick. 

Make sure to get out the whole of the body and the head, to avoid infection.

Disinfect the site on the dog and thoroughly clean your hands.

Insect stings

Stings from bees, wasps and yellow jackets will make the area on your dog go hard, swollen and hot.  For bee stings try to get the stinger out with a bus pass, identity or other flat card or even a blunt knife, scrape the surface over the skin and try to get the stringer out.

If the dog's skin is hot and swollen, can you cool it with water, do you have any cortisone cream ?  You need to get to a vet to get treatment, especially if the dog has been stung a number of times.

Dangers in the Environment

There are a lot of possible dangers in the environment around you -  traffic accidents, insects and snakes and poisons. 

  • Some plants like Christmas roses and oleanders, ornamental peppers and orange trees
  • Lots of cleaning products can poison and burn your pet, so keep your dog on a leash if you are staying somewhere new or somewhere where you cannot control what your dog is exposed to
  • Anti-freeze is fatal and many things found in garages can be poisonous.  So check before you let your dog off his leash if you are staying in a garage
  • Many human foods are not good for your pet -  like chocolate, candies and chewing gum, macadamia nuts, alcohol, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt, garlic, onions.  It is better to not share your food with your pet but to get dog or cat food for them.  Certain foodstuffs you might think are healthy for your pet but they can damage your pet, milk for example can cause upset stomachs because your cat or dog does not have the enzymes to break down the milk and digest it.  Raw eggs, meat and bones can be dangerous because of possible bacteria like salmonella and choke hazards from bones.