How to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer
Although autumn is approaching with back-to-school season, it’s still pretty warm outside and the summer season hasn’t left us yet. With temperatures continuing to soar this month, we are all struggling to find ways to adapt to the heat. But, while we can adapt the heat by wearing lighter clothing, we need to be aware of how much of an impact the Idaho heat can have on our furry friends.
Don’t forget about your pets during the summer heat. Leaving them dehydrated and outside in the hot sun can have detrimental effects on them. Concerned animal lovers have been coming up with several ways to keep their pets cool and sharing them all over the internet. We found a few tips and tricks that will help keep your pet cool as they survive the end of the summer season:
• Make sure you provide plenty of water. For an outside dog, an automatic dog waterer or a Handi-Drink Pet Water Bottle is the perfect way to provide clean fresh water.
• Never leave your dog in the car – even for a few minutes – in the heat. Just a few short minutes in these conditions can lead to irreversible organ damage or death.
• Protect your pet from the damaging rays of the sun. If you have a white, or lighter colored dog, areas of the body (tops of ears and nose) can sunburn. Applying a pet specific sunscreen may help prevent sunburn.
• Watch out for heatstroke. If you do vigorous exercise with your dog, make sure you exercise in the cooler hours of the morning or evening.
• Better yet, go swimming with your dog! Play fetch with a water toy, such as the Aqua KONG or Floatable Disc. This way both of you can keep cool!
• If your pet is outside during the day, consider investing in a Cooling Bed or allowing your pet to be inside during the hotter parts of the day.
• For an extra-special summer treat, give your pooch an Arctic Freeze Chew Toy right out of the freezer.
Make sure you take your pets to the vet and keep their shots up to date, especially during the summer season. The parvo virus spreads in hot weather. Summer is high season for fleas, which spread many diseases, and mosquitoes, which carry heartworm. Get your pets on regular meds to prevent these pests.
Signs of Overheating:
You can spot whether your pet is having problems in the heat by looking out for these signs:
- Your pet is panting heavily.
- Their gums and tongue might be bright pink or red.
- Their mouth may be dry and tacky, allowing mucus to build.
- A flopping, lolling tongue hanging out of their mouth.
- They might lie down more than usual or refuse to walk.
- They may lift their feet awkwardly if the floor is too hot and their paws may blister.
- They might seem dizzy and stumble as they walk.
Remember, your pets are your family! You wouldn’t want to leave them outside in the hot sun to fend for themselves. Following these tips will give you the skills necessary to make sure your pets are cool for the summer. Summer can be a dreadful time of year for you, so imagine how much your furry friend is dreading it!
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