The summer months can be brutal—even perilous—for pets. It’s tough enough simply to manage with insufferable humidity and mounting temperatures, but things really become dangerous in areas that are slammed with both soaring digits and storm-related power outages, occasionally with disastrous consequences.
Here are some tips to help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer.
Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even for a second. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on.
Provide plenty of shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from the heat and the sun and plenty of fresh, cold water – add ice to water to really keep them cool.
A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse. Tree shade is best.
Watch the humidity
Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which removes heat from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will rapidly rise steeply to hazardous levels.
Don’t rely on a fan
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. Fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Cool your pet inside and out
Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs. And ice cubes for your cats. Always, always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.
Limit exercise on hot days
Be alert when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and length of exercise with elevated temps. On extremely blistering days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.
Please be especially cautious with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who naturally have difficulty breathing. Asphalt tends to be scorching and can scald your pet’s paws, so walk your pet on the grass if possible. Always take water with you to keep your pets from dehydrating.
DM, Gin, Hope, and Zeus