Don’t leave your pet alone in the car on a warm day Despite the warnings, every year, pets die after their owners leave them in a parked car that overheats. Within just a few minutes, a car can get extremely hot, stifling, and deadly. Don’t take any chances…never, ever leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day. That goes for any pet, by the way!
Be Vigilant About Vet Care When it starts getting warm outside, take your dog or cat to the vet for a full check-up. The check-up should include a heartworm test and a flea and tick protection plan. These are year-round issues but in the summer months, with much more outdoors time, it’s especially important to monitor them.
Avoid Walking Your Dog In the Heat Aim for mornings and evenings when letting your dog outside. Avoid strenuous walks or runs during the hottest part of the day. Sometimes, though, it’s just hot all day long so even in the coolest part of the day, watch for signs of trouble: Glassy eyes and frantic panting indicate a dog who needs help. Get to a veterinarian immediately if you see these symptoms!
Keep Your Home Cool for your pets When the temperature outside gets hot, it can be harder to keep the indoors cool. Some people turn their air conditioning off when they leave for the day. If you have a pet at home, this could put him in danger. Instead of turning off the air conditioner, try leaving it on a conservative but comfortable setting (perhaps 76°F) while you are out. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water and consider closing curtains to reduce the heating effects of sunlight through the windows. Also keep fans running to circulate the air.
Give Your Pets Access to Shade and Plenty of Water Pets can get dehydrated or get heatstroke quickly so any pet outside needs to have plenty of fresh water and access to shade. There are a variety of screening materials that allow air flow to pass through as well as rain. These screening materials block the sun and reduce the temperature for your dog’s outside area. They really work.
Know Which Dogs Are Less Tolerant of Heat Some dog breeds are less tolerant of the heat than others. Remember that older, obese or short-nosed dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs) are less tolerant of heat. Also, older dogs, puppies and dogs with health issues can also be more susceptible to hot weather. Of course, you should keep a close eye on your dog in the heat, no matter what his breed, age or state of health.
Our pets rely on us to protect them and keep them comfortable and safe year round! Remember, if you’re hot, your pets are definitely hot.