Summer lovin’, having a blast – responsibly, of course. When the temperature rises, so should our caution in making sure our furry pals are cool and comfortable.
We’ve put together a cheat sheet to help keep your pets calm, cool and collected when that scorching summer heat hits.
Know the signs of overheating in pets
The only kind of hot dogs we like are the ones out on the ‘Q. Watch out for signs of heat stress: panting, increased heart rate, laboured breathing, and excessive drooling are some key signs your pet may be in distress. Certain animal breeds, such as those with flat faces, are more susceptible to heatstroke. Be sure to provide plenty of water for your pet and keep them in a shady, cool place or indoors during extreme temperatures.
Nothing beats a drink on a scorcher of a day, and it’s no different for our pets. Make sure to have lots of water readily available for your pet. This is a no-brainer, but it’s vital during those months where it feels like we’re living in a sauna.
Never leave your pet in the car
It doesn’t matter if you crack the window because you’ll “only be gone for a short bit.” Your vehicle can quickly reach dangerously high temperatures that will put your pet at risk for serious health issues, including death. If you’re certain that you can’t take your pet with you if you leave your car, it’s best to leave them at home.
Be proactive if you see an animal locked inside a car during warm weather. Don’t hesitate to call for assistance from your local police or animal services. Act fast, and you could save a life!
It’s good practice to be overly cautious around water in general, so be sure to never leave your pet unsupervised near a pool or body of water. Rinse your pet off after swimming to make sure no chlorine or salt sticks around in your pet’s coat. If your pet isn’t the strongest swimmer, look into pet floatation devices, and they’ll be doing the doggy paddle in no time.
Check-in with your V-E-T
Don’t worry, we spelled out the “V” word so your furry friend won’t freak out. Make sure your pet’s up to date on their shots and tested for heartworm before venturing out this summer. Keeping up on flea and tick prevention is a biggie, too.
Let that fur flow!
While our common sense might tell us that our pets would be cooler if we shaved them, it actually has the opposite effect. The layers of fur on our pets help keep them cool and prevent sunburn (yep, they can get sunburns too!) Pets, they’re just like us…minus the whole “using feet to scratch ears” thing.
Beware of hot pavement! You know that feeling when the sand is a little too hot at the beach? Well, it can happen to our pets’ paws too. It’s a good rule of thumb that if it’s too hot for your own feet, then your pet shouldn’t be walking on it either.
Stay safe, and stay COOL ❄️