How to Keep Your Pet Cool During Summer
Summer is officially here! And so are higher temperatures. It’s important to remember that extreme heat can have a major effect on your pet’s health, so it’s important to do what you can to help them through the season. We’ve got a list that can help keep your dog stay cool, hydrated, healthy and as happy as you are during summer!
Protect Your Pet
Overheating pets will be panting like crazy, may have dry or pale gums, and increased drooling. It’s important to prevent your pet from getting that advanced so the overheating doesn’t cause major health issues. If you’re a pet owner then you know having a pet inside your home isn’t easy. Be sure to check out our video on hacks every pet owner needs to know to finally keep your home clean and smelling nice!
No More Hot Dogs!
Here’s what you can do:
- Don’t leave your pet unattended in a vehicle—This is probably the most important tip! Even if you have the windows cracked open, the inside of the car is still going to heat up. On a 75 degree day, the inside of a car can actually heat up to 115 degrees within an hour! If you need to run errands, keep your pup at home or drop them off at a doggy daycare.
- Avoid walking on hot surfaces—Think of your dog’s paws as being your bare feet. Walking on hot asphalt doesn’t seem as good of an idea, now does it? Try alternating between asphalt, sidewalk and grass to give your pup’s paws a break and keep them from getting blistered. We’ve also seen “doggy shoes” that will cover the pads of your dog’s foot. They may walk a little funny at first, but it’ll same them from burning up!
- Always have water—On a hot day, all you want is a ton of ice cold water, well… so does your dog! Make sure the water bowl is always full and bring water without on walks to keep your pet more hydrated.
- If it’s over 85 degrees, leave your pet at home—If you’re going to the beach and you’re feeling a bit warm in shorts, imagine how hot your dog will be with a fur coat! I know we always want our furry friends by our side, but sometimes it’s best to let them hang out at home.
More Than Just a Pet
Pets have become family members, so it’s important to take care of them the way we would take care of our friends or family. Look out for warnings signs of your pet possibly overheating and get them out of the sun with a cold bowl of water as soon as possible. With summer also comes insects! Make sure your family and furry friends are protected from mosquitos, fleas, and ants to stay healthy this summer.
Thanks for joining me. If you’re looking for a home with a bigger backyard for your pup or a house with more room for your family, give us a call so we can get the preapproval process started before you start house hunting. For more tips, check out our blog and YouTube channel! Thanks for reading and have a great day.