August Tip of the Month

The dog days of summer are here!

It does get hotter here in our Valley, and we have a few ideas to keep your pets cool and comfortable this summer.

We cannot stress enough….Do not leave your pets in the car. Overheating can cause death or brain damage! This time of year as little as 10 minutes in a parked car can lead to heat stroke, permanent brain damage and death. Temperatures inside a car can soar to 160 degrees within minutes. Even cracking the windows or parking in the shade offers little protection for your pets, as your vehicle becomes a furnace.

Don’t force your pet to exercise during the heat of the day. Exercise him early in the morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.

In really hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the hot street. Paws can burn since they are not protected by shoes.

If you take your dog on vacation, camping or hiking with you be prepared. Always have plenty of water available and a shady place where they can cool down.

At home, your pet needs to have fresh clean water at ALL times. This means inside and outside the home. Keep his water dish clean and free from algae and dirt.

Make sure your dog has adequate shelter. A sturdy dog house is best, or you may choose to build a shelter. Make sure it is covered to allow your dog to get underneath and get out of the weather.

If possible, bring your pet inside during the heat of the day. Your pet will appreciate the cool break from the outdoor temperatures.

Be sensitive to older short- snouted breeds, such as Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus. These breeds are already susceptible to upper respiratory problems, and the heat may bring about or make an existing condition worse.

Mesquite City Ordinance 10-5-6 B It is unlawful for any person to confine an animal in a motor vehicle under conditions or for such a period of time as may endanger the health of such animal due to heat, cold, lack of food or water or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering. Total bail $500.00

BingoFeatured dog: Bingo

Bingo is a cheerful guy who is gentle with people, and is a border collie with an always wagging tail! He knows sit, stay and shake and is very treat motivated in terms of learning new tricks. He’s a smart guy who wants nothing more than to be with people. He’s going to need a home with a large high fenced in yard for running and playing and know dogs like him need to be kept busy and have something to do. Bingo was found as a stray with a collar, so we don’t have too much information on him, but the volunteers have noted that he is playful and very energetic! He would do well in an active home.

Other available dogs:

Hobbes male 9 months old Terrier/dachshund blend. Friendly and full of puppy energy.

Babe female 9 months old Terrier/dachshund blend. Friendly and full of puppy energy.

Garth male poodle Bischon blend Friendly

Mac male 1-2 years old. Carin/Norwich terrier blend. Wonderful outgoing friendly boy.

NudgeFeatured cat: Nudge

Nudge is about 1 year old and is  a very easy, low-maintenance kitty. She has lots of love to give, but isn’t pushy or insistent. She’s happy to lounge around in a sunny window until you’re home to give her some pets and cuddles. She’ll make a very easy and sweet companion for anyone who needs some beautiful furry company!  Short hair tabby cat.

Other available cats:

Missy female 7 year old Chocolate Siamese. Shy and confused after the loss of her home and owner.

Miss Kitty female 6 year old long hair. Loves to be brushed and petted.

Tucker male 2 years old. Stray friendly and very talkative.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and