It is important for all pet parents, especially those living in Florida, to understand what a pet heatstroke can look like and how to prevent it from happening to your furry family member. Heatstroke is a state of hyperthermia resulting in injury to your bodily tissues. Heatstroke occurs when the amount of heat generated in one’s body exceeds the body’s ability lose heat.
Causes of heatstroke: • A warm/hot, humid environment with inadequate ventilation • Inadequate shade • Inadequate drinking water • Excessive exercise
How to prevent a heatstroke: • Have a cool, well-ventilated space for your pet to enjoy • Give your pet access to fresh drinking water at all times • Never leave your pet in a car • Avoid exercising animals in hot weather • Avoid having your pet stand on hot sand, concrete, or asphalt for any length of time
Symptoms of heatstroke: • Excessive Panting (which increases as heatstroke progresses) • Dizziness, staggering • Lethargy/weakness • Seizures and/or muscle tremors • Collapsing and lying down • Little to no urine production • Agitation or restlessness • Very red or pale gums • Bright red tongue • Increased heart rate • Vomiting or diarrhea • Mental confusion, delirium
If you suspect your pet is having a heatstroke: • Remove your pet from the hot environment and get them into a cooler (preferably air conditioned) area • Apply or spray tepid/cool water to their fur/skin (Note: Do not use ice cold water) • Wet down the area around your pet with cool water • Take your pet to the nearest Veterinarian
If you are an amateur, professional, or athlete with developmental disability, register today for FREE and join your family and friends along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and mascot, Captain Fear, on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tampa Movement Lab, 1335 W. Gray Street, Tampa, FL 33606 for the Champions for Change Challenge.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will have one adoptable dog at the event with a focus on the power of pups with children that have developmental disabilities.
Pets provide companionship for kids who struggle socially.
Pets offer a bond for kids who struggle to make connections with their peers, which can leave them feeling lonely and isolated. Dogs and even cats can be a very good support system; they are non-judgmental, good listeners, stress-relievers, and they cuddle.
Pets reduce stress and anxiety.
Kids with special needs often feel anxiety on another level. The calm demeanor and loving presence of dogs can cause a perceived reduction in stress and cortisol levels in children.
Dogs help kids with special needs stay physically active.
Getting active can be a stress reliever, as well as a mood booster. Pets encourage children to engage in physical activity and spend time outdoors, which is beneficial for healthy lifestyle habits.
Pets can help kids with autism build social skills.
Research has shown that animals increase social behaviors in children on the spectrum. In studies, children with autism were more likely to talk, smile, laugh, and make physical contact with others when they had real pets, rather than toys.
Taking care of an animal helps kids learn responsibility.
Taking care of their pets will help a child with special needs create their own schedule, including when to feed or bathe the pet, and even when it’s time for some fun. This daily routine helps create better habits, such as the ability to make plans, focus and stick to them.
Pets can help kids with physical disabilities with everyday tasks.
Animals can be trained to grab objects, open doors, and guide children with limited mobility or physical impairments.
Support dogs can help with a child with special needs’ well-being.
A fully trained support dog can be taught behaviors such as applying pressure to help with a panic attack or sounding the alarm if self-harming behaviors are happening.
*Source: NYmetroparents.com, “7 Ways Having a Pet Benefits a Child with Special Needs”, April 9, 2021
Tampa, FL. (May, 2022) – Humane Society of Tampa Bay received a $200,000 grant investment for 2022 & 2023 from national nonprofit Petco Love during a special celebration at Westshore Petco at 136 S. Westshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. This took place on May 19th at 11 a.m. in support of their lifesaving work for animals in the Tampa Bay area.
Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations — like ours — across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting.
“The Humane Society of Tampa (HSTB) is a leader in animal welfare in an area of Florida where a lot of work is still needed to create lifesaving communities for animals,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Despite the pandemic, HSTB continues to partner with their local Petco for adoptions and works tirelessly to improve the lives of pets.”
The investment in the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is part of more than $30M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of its commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized. Petco Love recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.
“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay tremendously appreciates Petco Love supporting the lifesaving work that our shelter provides day in and day out for the Tampa Bay community,” said Sherry Silk, Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s CEO.
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s adoption programs, affordable veterinary services, community outreach efforts, and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well-being of animals across Tampa Bay.
About the Humane Society of Tampa Bay: For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to our vision of leading the way because every life counts. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator since 2008, designated a Platinum Participator with GuideStar, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, affordable veterinary services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well-being of thousands of animals across Tampa Bay. Visit humanesocietytampa.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube to learn more about our programs and the animals we help every day.
About Petco Love: Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.
Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Join us. Visit petcolove.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.