Keeping Your Pups Cool This Summer.
Updated: Aug 4
A pet in a parked vehicle is not a cool pet. Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes—and up to 110 degrees in less than an hour—exposing animals to serious risks of discomfort, illness and even death. Responsible animal lovers can do their part to help pets in danger: if you see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day, immediately call your local animal control or law enforcement for help.
Hot summer months, regular exercise can be dangerous for pets. Even if your pets are active, you may want to adjust their activities to avoid midday sweltering temps during the summer; Especially for brachycephalic dogs who have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Many rely on panting and sweating through the bottoms of their paws to cool down. Take your pet outdoors during the early morning or late evening, which tend to be a bit cooler, to avoid overheating.
During the summer season ensure that your pup is never left outdoors for long periods of time even if they have access to water and shade your dog is still at risk of over heating. Even if you only plan to leave a pet outdoors for just a few minutes; Sometimes a quick errand can turn to a full afternoon and your dog would rather be inside the cool air until you can let them out again. Since temperatures in a yard can increase rapidly always ensure that proper shade and fresh water(with our ice cubes as ice can cause your pets temp to drop too quickly causing shock.) are easily available to you pets at all times even when you're out side with them. For a added bonus you can lay wet towels or a cooling pad down for them to lay on which will also help regulate their body temperature.
Be aware of the signs of heat stroke.
Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, confusion, seizures(walking in circles or loss of balance are a few of the sigs of strokes in canines)bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, you should seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible. You can provide some immediate treatment using cool (but not icy) water to lower your pet’s temperature by wrapping cool wet towels around them,wetting your with a hose or sponging them down with cool water. If your pet showed signs of heat stroke but has been cooled and now appears fine, do not assume that all is well. Internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys and the brain, are all affected by extreme body temperature elevation. It is best to have a veterinarian examine your pet to assess potential health complications and ensure that other risks are not overlooked.
Currently it's pet safety month but this summer's higher temperatures are looming ahead so remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind all summer. With these precautions, you’ll ensure they keep cool all season long!