Summer is a great time to take your pet outside but soaring temperatures can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for both pets and people.
Dogs and cats don’t sweat in the same way humans do and can easily become overheated. Higher temperatures also mean higher risks for more injuries and more skin and ear infections for our furry companions.
To avoid these problems and enjoy the summer season with your pet, here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Stay indoors or provide shade
A controlled climate can help an animal better regulate their body temperatures.
While outdoor doghouses may help block the elements during other seasons, in the summer, it can become an oven, trapping in heat. A shaded yard with plenty of trees can help prevent overheating. Better yet, an air-conditioned room will keep you and your pet comfortable.
- Have water available
Just like us, our four-legged friends can quickly become dehydrated in the summer. Make sure water is readily available and easily accessible for your pet. If you have a dog door, it’s smart to keep a water bowl both inside and outside.
The NAYAD Pet Bowl boasts a 15° tilted angle design and raised base to ensure a truly comfortable eating position. Plus, the added convenience of a removable slow feeder allows it to double as a drinking bowl for your pet’s hydration needs.
- Never leave your pet in the car
Not even for a minute. Similar to the doghouse scenario, a car can heat up very quickly. It takes less than 10 minutes for a pet to develop heatstroke in a hot car.
If you come across a pet alone in a car in dangerous temperatures, don’t hesitate to try and find the owner or call for help.
- Protect your pet’s paws from the pavement
Try to keep your pet’s paws off hot concrete or asphalt. A good rule of thumb is to put the palm of your hand on the ground. If you can’t keep it there because of the heat, then you shouldn’t let your pet walk on it.
If you have to go outside, Stick to grassy areas or plan walks during cooler periods, such as early mornings or late evenings.
- Watch for signs of heatstroke
Extreme temperatures can lead to heatstroke in pets. Keep a close eye out for possible symptoms of overheating, including heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, profuse salivation and vomiting.
If you notice these signs, take immediate action:
- Move your pet into a shaded or air-conditioned area.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest, or run cool water over them.
- Allow them to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Seek veterinary care promptly.