With summer upon us, you probably have lots of outdoor activities planned to enjoy with your furry companion. But keep in mind that summers can be difficult on pets, whether they’re outdoors or inside.
Just as we can overheat, so can our pets. As you and your cat or dog enjoy the summer, it’s important to make sure your pet stays cool, hydrated, and happy.
Here are our top 6 pet safety tips to keep in mind this summer:
If you’re out and about with your pet, it can be tempting to leave them in the car while you run into the store or go have lunch. After all, it’s not that hot out and you won’t be that long. But the truth is it’s never safe to leave your pet unattended in a parked car, even if you crack a window. (In fact, it’s even illegal in some states.)
Even in relatively mild heat, the inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures in a matter of minutes because of the greenhouse effect. Each year, hundreds of pets die from heatstroke after being left unattended in a vehicle.
Tip: If you need to travel with your pet, plan ahead and make sure you know where you can and can’t take them. It’s best to have a human companion with you so one of you can stay with your pet (preferably with the air conditioner running) in parking lots and rest stops.
Humidity can impact your pet’s ability to keep cool in the heat, especially if they’re running around outside. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their tongue and lungs, which cools their bodies. The more humid the environment, the more difficult it is for pets to cool down. On very hot and humid days, this can lead to heatstroke.
Checking both the ambient temperature and humidity levels each morning can help you decide when to let your cat or dog out, and when to keep them safely inside. On humid days, you might want to take them out in the early morning and keep them indoors during the hottest part of the day.
Also keep in mind that your pet is not immune to skin cancer caused by excessive sun exposure, so it’s not a bad idea to encourage them to stay in the shade on sunny days.
Keeping your pet cool from the inside out is the best way to keep them comfortable. There’s nothing like a drink of cold water to refresh your pet on those hot summer afternoons.
Here are a few easy ways to make sure your pet stays hydrated in the heat:
Have your feet ever hurt from walking on hot sand at the beach or hot cement on your patio? This can happen to your pet’s paws as well, but they don’t have any way to let you know they’re uncomfortable. Pavement, asphalt, sand, metal, wood, and the surfaces in your car or truck can become extremely hot and burn your little one’s paws.
Here are a few ways to keep your pet’s paws safe from hot surfaces:
It’s a shame to have to leave your dog at home while you go out hiking or for a fun-filled day at the park or beach because you’re worried about them overheating. A good cooling vest, like the Kurgo Dog Cooling Vest, can help keep your pup cool outdoors.
Here’s how it works: you simply wet the vest with cool water, wring out the excess, and strap it to your dog. It’s designed to deflect the heat of the sun and it uses prolonged evaporation to keep your furry friend cool. Once it’s dry, just wet it again to keep your dog cool and comfortable all day.
Prevention is the best medicine, but when it comes to heatstroke, it’s important to know what signs to look for so you can act quickly and prevent long-term damage to your pet’s health.
Here are some signs to look out for:
Also, short-nosed breeds (pugs, bulldogs, Persian cats, etc.) are more susceptible to overheating, so it’s especially important to take precautions with these pets.
At King Duke’s, we treat your pet like family, because that’s what they are. We know how important their health and safety are to you, and we love helping pets and their people find the perfect products for their summer adventures and beyond.
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