As much as we love enjoying the summer sun with our pets, it’s important to understand that animals often respond to heat differently than people do, and keeping them hydrated is essential to their health. Although proper exercise helps all animals live a happy and healthy life style, limiting the amount of time or the time of day spent outside can help make sure pets aren’t being exposed to too much summer heat!
Rising temperatures often means asphalt can become extremely hot and can be burning and uncomfortable to your pets paws. Try taking them for their daily walk either early in the morning and later after the sun has gone down when the temperatures are cooler. And if you must take them out when the asphalt is too hot, be sure to put on their booties to protect their pads!
Believe it or not, your pets hate the humidity as much as you do! When dogs pant they do so to help get rid of excess moisture in their lungs, which helps to cool them down. So, when humidity levels are high it’s difficult for them to get rid of the moisture and cool down. If a dog’s internal temperature reaches above 104 degrees, they may enter into a heat stroke and should be treated immediately. Taking your pet’s temperature can help to tell whether or not their internal temperatures are reaching dangerous levels. Panting also can speed up your pet’s dehydration levels so always ensure they are provided with plenty of cool water. Adding ice cubes to the water can help to keep the water cool or give your pup something cool to chew on!
Although dog houses can seem helpful and give your furry friend an area all to themselves, they should never be used outside in the summertime as their internal temperatures are often much hotter than the temperature outside. Providing an area for dogs outside under trees or under an overhanging help to keep air flowing while protecting them from the sun’s rays.
A fun and innovative way to keep your pets cool is with homemade pet popsicles! There are tons of recipes you can find made with peanut butter and other dog friendly treats that you can turn into an icy treat!
Lastly, this may seem like common sense, but never leave a pet inside a car even for the shortest amount of time. Even if it doesn’t appear extremely hot outside, the sun’s rays can drastically heat the inside of the car to temperatures well above the outside temperatures in a short amount of time. This can send your pet into a heat stroke and lead to organ failure or worse. It’s always better be safe than sorry and leave your pet at home if you think you may not be able to stay with them in the cool air at all times.
Overall, our furry friends need just as much care and attention in the heat as we do! Just like we need to stay hydrated and cool in the heat, they do too. If it’s too hot for us outside, it is definitely too hot for our pets. Be sure to allow them plenty of access to water, shade, and cool air!
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