Summer is almost here! As the days increasingly get warmer it is important to have a game plan on how to keep your pets cool on those hot summer days. Today we’ll be sharing a few things to think about before those high temperatures hit, plus, a few of our favorite products designated to help.
Never leave your pets in a hot car
The Humane Society of the United States strongly states to “never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120° in a matter of minutes—even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.”
Protect the paws from hot pavement
Take those extra steps to ensure that your pet’s paws stay safe and prevent burning. As you can imagine, some of the tips are fairly obvious- walk on the grass when possible, coordinate your longer walks during cool parts of the day, or you could even choose a spot that is wooded or has more shade! A rough rule of thumb is that if the ground is too hot for your hand then it is too hot for their paws!
Carry water with you on adventures
Speaking of walks, having water on hand is always a must. For both you and your pet! A collapsible water bowl on a belt clip is a very handy accessory to have.
Set up an indoor lounging area When we can’t be at the beach on scorching hot days and don’t have any other choice but to be inside, what does that look like for you? You’re probably imagining a dark, cool room, a cold drink of choice, and some entertainment! The same concept can be applied to our pets. Designate a cooler room (especially if you have an air conditioner!) where you can set up all of your pet’s necessities. Be sure to have lots of fresh, cold water available, and if you feel like getting fancy…throw a couple of ice cubes in it! Cats are notorious for finding cool tiles to lay on, or dark hiding spots. The same is true of our heavier coated dogs as well.
Not only are cooling mats an easy way to beat the heat, but you can also virtually put them anywhere making them a simple and effective hack for the summer! Plus, did you know they make them for cats?
Finally, be sure to watch for the signs of overheating or heatstroke. The ASPCA shares that you should keep an eye out for “excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” If you are witnessing these signs in your pet and are concerned the safest thing is to always get them checked out by your veterinarian!
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