Despite the fact that summer is the best time to spend more quality time outdoors, high temperatures can create some difficulties for all beings. Luckily, we people may change our lifestyle and diet, as well as a wardrobe in summer — pull out sandals, shorts, tops, light dresses, and hats to cope with the rising warmth. In addition, we choose to eat more fruits, veggies, ice cream, drink more water and cold drinks, and do everything to avoid discomfort related to heat.
Unluckily, our pets can’t do all the same. They can’t say what is disturbing them outdoors or at home. That is why we owners should be attentive to animals’ behavior to keep our cuties cool when temperatures soar.
Dealing with the heat is not always about pets’ comfort, but also about their good health and life. Follow our tips and essential ways to make your adorable furry friend safe this summer.
Forget about leaving your pet locked in a parked car
Leaving your dog in a locked car by himself is always unsafe. But with the onset of warmth, risks are too high. So don’t leave your furry friend in a car, not even for a minute. Even slightly opened windows and air conditioning won’t save from dangerous consequences. The temperature can rise to 120˚F within minutes, leading to a fatal condition of your dog or cat within 10 minutes or fewer. The best and safe way for your pet is to stay at home while you do your business.
Provide plenty of fresh and cold water
Your pet is thirsty as well as you in summer. Change a bowl of water more often and try to keep it cool. Don’t forget to take water bottles for your furry friend outdoors and let it frequently drink during a walk. If your pet likes to spend its time in the backyard, provide extra bowls with water and make shady spots if there is not enough shade from trees and bushes. You can use umbrellas, a pop-up canopy, create a tent, or simply stretch fabrics between trees or bushes. Some dogs love drinking from sprinkles or a hose refreshing themselves and making a fun spectacle for owners.
Stay home if the temperature outside is high
It’s better to stay home with air conditioning or even without it than go outside when the temperatures are over 90 degrees, especially with high humidity. For instance, the 85˚F (29˚C), but with zero humidity, will actually feel like it’s 78˚F (26˚C). With 80 percent humidity, it will actually feel like 97˚F (36˚C). The hot weather can be dangerous even for young and healthy pets. It’s much simpler to keep your pet and yourself cool and comfortable at home than outdoor. Wait till sunset when the temperature is going to fall, and go walk enjoying summer. Or reschedule your walks to early morning when the sun hasn’t fried earth yet.
Use a cool wrap, a vest, or a mat
Keep your pet cool inside with fresh and cold water and out through cool wraps, vests, mats, or cushions. Extremely useful cooling products can work with or without refrigerators and power supply through activating gel capsules or crystals. They can be placed anywhere outside or inside pet beds and under carpets creating cool spots to refresh your pet.
Get an appropriate haircut on time
There is no need to shave your pet because fur protects animals from being sunburned and provides heat relief. But appropriate hair-cut for long-haired breeds from a professional groomer will help excess heat escape from their bodies and bring a little relief. Of course, it’s important to regularly de-shed pets to help them get rid of dead undercoats faster. In addition, it’s helpful for healthy skin and good-looking coats of your beloved dog or cat.
Don’t walk through a hot pavement
This tip is especially helpful for dog owners. It’s known that dogs have a built-in cooling system on their paws — it’s at the bottom of the paws and in the space between dogs’ toes. But even these systems don’t help on hot pavement — it burns the feet of your little friend. So try to avoid walking through asphalt or pick up your dog in your hands if its weight lets it. Parks and green zones that allow dogs are preferable for summer walks as grass doesn’t heat up as much and, of course, it won’t burn your pet’s paws.
Don’t forget about sunscreen
Light-skinned and haired pets have an as high risk of becoming sunburned as we people do. Noses, ears, and other sparse fur areas are especially sensitive to UV radiation. To avoid damage to your pet’s skin, use sunscreen sprays or creams, or buy special sun protection clothes.
Learn the signals of heatstroke
Keep an eye on your pet’s behavior to not miss dangerous heatstroke signs:
- Extreme panting and drooling
- Difficulties with breathing
- Diarrhea. Blooded or without blood
- Twitching or incoordination
If you notice at least one of them, you should act immediately — cover your pet in a lukewarm soaked towel and take it to the closest veterinary.
It’s always better to prevent than work with consequences. So make sure that you’re an attentive and responsible pet owner and care for your beloved animal friend even more on the hot summer days. Our tips will help you avoid heatstroke, but don’t forget to ask your vet what you should and shouldn’t do to keep your pet cool and safe.