How to Keep Pets Cool in the Summer

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Warmer weather is finally here and we’re all eager to get outside with our pets. While spending time outdoors with your pet can be a great bonding activity, it’s important to keep these safety tips in mind.

Don’t leave your pet in parked vehicles

Even on a 70 °F to 80 °F Day when it may feel comfortable outside, the inside of your car can heat up to over 100 °F in minutes, even with the window left a little open.

Make sure your pet always has easy access to water

Prolonged sun and heat exposure can cause dehydration, which, if left untreated, can quickly become heat stroke. If not treated rapidly heat stroke can be fatal for your pet

Know the symptoms of heat stroke

Symptoms of overheating can include laboured breathing or excessive panting, noticeable weakness, stumbling or collapsing. As your pet’s body temperature elevates to over 104 degrees, they can suffer from vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. If you suspect your pet is showing signs of heat stroke, seek help from your veterinarian immediately.

Protect your pet from direct sunlight

Make sure your cat or dog has a shady place to rest, such as under trees or tall shrubs. Remember: as the sun shifts, so does the shade.

Some dog breeds tolerate heat differently than others

Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins and Pekingese have a hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. This type of dog should be kept under close supervision when playing outside.

Limit sun exposure during the day

The sun tends to be the strongest between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. Apply a pet-friendly sunblock to your pet’s ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.

Limit exercise outdoors on hot days

The duration and intensity of your pet’s daily workout should depend on how hot it is outside. On really warm days, limit exercise to shorter walks. You can do this multiple times a day if your dog has a lot of pent-up energy!

Avoid  hot pavement

Hot asphalt can blister and burn your pet’s paws. The rule of thumb (or toe!) is if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s bare paws!