Two dogs rescued from bathroom, keeping pets safe this summer

ST. GEORGE— According to the Washington City Fire Department, two dogs were found locked in a park restroom while out in the summer heat.

On Thursday morning, officials said the dogs were not injured and had been taken to the animal shelter.

“Remember that rising temperatures can be tough on our furry friends! Keep your pets safe and hydrated by providing plenty of fresh water and a cool, shady place to relax,” Washington City FD said in a Facebook post.

The American Red Cross of Utah Greater Salt Lake Chapter had a message for pet owners in a 2023 press release.

“Since extreme heat is as dangerous to pets as it is to people, we want to provide owners with knowledge and easy-to-use tools that can help protect beloved companions,” said director Jeremiah Lafranca. “As temperatures rise, pets are vulnerable to heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses. It is critical that pet owners understand the signs of distress and take immediate action.”

The American Red Cross has created an app that can help you get information if your pet has an emergency.

The Humane Society of Utah has posted advice on their web page about ways to keep pets safe as temperatures continue to rise.

Officials did not say whether the two dogs had an owner or had been abandoned by someone.

Tips from the Humane Society of Utah

  • Keep pets indoors more often in extreme heat, do not leave them outside all day.
  • Make sure pets have a cool place in the yard to retreat to, such as a shady area. Please note that some outdoor dog houses may be warmer than the outside temperature.
  • Cool, fresh water should be available to pets at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
  • If the asphalt is too hot for your hands and feet, it is also too hot for your pets. Place your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds to test the temperature.
  • Check pets for ticks, foxtails and grass seeds after outdoor activities.
  • Make sure your garden is free of plants that are poisonous to dogs and cats, such as lilies, sago palms and rhododendrons, and be careful about using insecticides and herbicides, which can be poisonous to your pets.
  • Use pet-safe sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • If your pet wants to share your plate at a summer barbecue, know which foods are not pet-safe, such as onions, avocados, olives, garlic, grapes, cooked bones and alcohol.
  • Do not leave pets unattended near water; Not all pets can swim! Limit the amount of pool water your pets drink; Chlorine and other chemicals can be dangerous, so rinse your pets after swimming in chlorinated or salt water. If your pet likes to cool off in a dip, consider investing in a pet life jacket.
  • If you have a brachycephalic breed (short nose and flat face), such as a pug, Persian cat or another type of bulldog, know that their short noses cause them to overheat more quickly than other animals. Overweight and older pets are also at greater risk for heat stroke, so keep these furry friends in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Do not leave pets unattended in vehicles! Doing so puts you at high risk for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat-related death. Even if the vehicle is turned on and the air conditioning is on, leaving pets unattended can lead to other emergency situations, such as an accidental animal switching off or engine failure.

They also mentioned some symptoms of heat-related illness, including excessive panting, increased body temperature, bloody stools or weakness.

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