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Keep Your Pets Safe During Extreme Heat

A guide for keeping your pets cool and safe this summer

6/24/2024

Essential tips to keep your furry friend happy and healthy during hot weather

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Understanding how heat affects pets

Why pets need extra care in summer

Unlike humans, many pets cannot sweat effectively. They rely on panting and drinking water to regulate their body temperature. Hot pavement can be dangerous, radiating intense heat that can burn paws.

Car temperatures can rise 20°F in just 10 minutes, even with cracked windows.

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Shaving your pet for summer: friend or foe?

To shave or not to shave?

Shaving may seem logical, but a pet's fur actually helps regulate temperature. Well-groomed double coats shed naturally in summer. Shaving can increase sunburn risk.

Consult Your Vet: Advise consulting a veterinarian to determine the best approach for your pet's specific needs.

Keeping your pet cool during heat waves

Beat the heat: Keeping your pet comfortable

Hydration is Key: Provide plenty of fresh, cool water. Consider ice cubes as a fun treat.

Adjust Exercise Routine: Schedule walks and playtime for early mornings or evenings. Choose shady areas over hot pavement. Avoid walks after baths/swims.

Indoor Comfort: Keep pets indoors during peak heat hours, especially with air conditioning or fans. Provide different temperature zones for them to choose from.

Shade is Essential: If outdoors, ensure ample shade throughout the day as the sun moves.

Never Leave Pets in Cars: Car temperatures can rise quickly, even with cracked windows.

Symptoms of overheating and heat stroke

Warning signs: Recognizing overheating

Rehearse your plan with your pet. Identify a safe shelter in your home (basement, interior room) and familiarize them with it before the storm. Spend time together in the shelter to reduce anxiety.

  • Excessive panting and restlessness
  • Unsteady gait
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Collapse

ACT QUICKLY: These symptoms can lead to serious health problems. If observed, move your pet to a cool place, offer cool water, and seek veterinary attention immediately.

Be Prepared: Plan ahead for summer safety

Summer fun without the heatstroke

By taking proactive measures, you can ensure your pet enjoys a safe and comfortable summer.

  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of overheating.
  • Plan for hot weather activities (early morning walks, etc.)
  • Create a cool haven for your pet indoors (shaded area, fan, etc.)
  • Ensure your pet has a well-fitting collar with ID tags.

Final Note:

 

 With a little preparation, you can keep your furry friend happy and healthy all season long.

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