Summer is the time for picnics, ballgames, and warm temperatures. We love to be outside having fun, but we also need to make sure that our four-legged friends are enjoying the weather as much as we are.
Remember these tips to beat the heat and to make sure that your pets stay nice and cool all summer long.
Provide plenty of fresh water.
This may seem like a given, but make sure their water dish is filled with cool, fresh water whenever they need to cool down.
Find a shady spot for them.
If your pets spend a lot of time outside, provide them with a sun-sheltered area—or a pet door, so they can go inside when they want. Like you, your pets enjoy a shady spot on a hot day.
Never leave them in the car.
Pets should never be left inside a parked car. Not even for a minute. Temperatures inside the vehicle can quickly climb to over 100 degrees, so don’t risk your pets' health to run an errand.
Do a little grooming.
Brushing your pets more often than usual can prevent problems caused by extreme heat. Trimming is fine, but there’s no need to shave their fur. The layers of their coat will actually help to protect them from overheating and sunburn.
Think inside the house.
Keep your pets indoors if the temperatures reach high levels. If possible, restrict them to rooms with an air conditioner or fan.
Keep the bed cool.
Remove cushiony bedding from your pets' crate or bed. They may be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom instead of blankets or fleece.
When the sun is up, your alert should be up!
Look for symptoms of overheating, such as difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. If you see these signs, take your pet to a cool place so they can lie down, and give them some water. Contact your veterinarian if your pet’s condition doesn’t improve after a few minutes.