Around West Hagerstown

July 08, 2010|By JESS WEST

Free movie night

Grace United Methodist Church will host a free movie night at dusk Friday. "Garfield" will be shown in the parking lot at 712 Church St., if weather permits. If not, the event will be indoors. Hot dogs, popcorn, shaved ice and sodas are available free of charge. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket.

Excessive heat and pets

The Humane Society of Washington County wants pet owners to be aware of the danger heat poses to pets. With the heat index, residents of this and surrounding communities need to be prepared. Know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration and keep your pets cool and comfortable.

To avoid dehydration and heat stroke:

o Provide adequate shade and ventilation so your pet can get out of the sun and can stay cool. Direct exposure to the sun can result in sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. If possible, keep them inside in the air conditioning.


o Always have cool, clean water available. Water is a crucial element in keeping the body from dehydrating so always have clean, cool water readily available.

o Never leave your pet in a vehicle, even with the windows open. When temperatures outside are a comfortable 85 degrees, your car can quickly heat up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Your car will become like an oven.

Know these signs of dehydration and heat stroke:

o Excessive, rapid and loud panting

o Excessive salivating but a dry mouth and dry nose

o Tongue hanging out

o Glazed eyes

o White or pale gums

o Agitated or confused behavior

o Vomiting

o Loss of skin elasticity - when the skin is pulled up it does not return to its normal place but remains raised

o Sunken eyes

What to do if you suspect your pet might be having a heat stroke or is suffering from dehydration:

o Remove your pet to a cool area

o Apply ice packs to your pet's head, neck and chest

o Immerse your pet in cool, not cold, water

o Allow your pet to drink small amounts of water. Chewing on ice cubes is permissible. Too much water will initiate vomiting

o Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately

With kitten season in full swing, the shelter is experiencing a shortage of Yesterday's News cat litter. They are asking for donations to be brought to the shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. All donations are greatly appreciated and everyone at the shelter appreciates the public's continued generosity.

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