10 Ways to Protect Pets from Summer Temperatures

If you find it hot outside, so does your pet! It’s important to remember that cats and dogs are susceptible to heath issues from warm temperatures just like we are, and they can’t vocalize to tell us when they are in danger. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy when the temperature starts to rise:

  1. Provide ample shade: Ensure that your pets have access to shaded areas throughout the day, especially during the hottest hours. This can be achieved by setting up umbrellas, canopies, or by creating shaded spots in your backyard.
  2. Limit outdoor activities: Avoid taking your pets for walks or engaging in strenuous activities during peak heat hours. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler.
  3. Hydration is key: Always keep fresh, cool water available for your pets. Consider placing multiple water bowls in different areas of your home or yard, and check and refill them regularly to ensure they stay hydrated.
  4. Avoid hot surfaces: Pavements, asphalt, and sand can become scorching hot and can burn your pet’s paw pads. Opt for grassy areas or walk your pets on the shaded side of the street to prevent burns or discomfort.
  5. Never leave pets in parked vehicles: Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a parked car can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke or even death. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, even for a short period.
  6. Grooming and fur care: Regularly brush your pet’s coat to remove excess fur and prevent matting, which can impede heat dissipation. Consider getting a summer haircut for pets with long coats, but consult a professional groomer for advice.
  7. Cool indoor environment: Keep your home cool by using fans or air conditioning. Create a designated space for your pet with access to a cool area of the house. You can also use cooling mats or damp towels for them to lie on.
  8. Watch for signs of heatstroke: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heatstroke in pets, which may include excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, weakness, or collapse. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cooler area and seek veterinary assistance immediately.
  9. Pool safety: If your pet enjoys swimming, supervise them closely in the pool and ensure they have a safe exit point. Rinse off chlorine or saltwater after swimming to prevent skin irritation.
  10. Use pet-friendly sunscreen: Consult your veterinarian to see if your pet requires sunscreen, especially if they have short fur or exposed skin. Use pet-safe sunscreen on vulnerable areas like the nose, ear tips, and belly to protect them from sunburn.

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