Most of us enjoy summer hikes, swims, and other outings with our pets… follow these tips to keep them safe from the heat.
- Never leave your pet in a car! -- A parked car quickly heats up and can reach temperatures 20 to 30 degrees higher than outside. Exposure to this high heat and low airflow can quickly result in the death of a pet. Please leave your pet at home or run that errand later.
- Always provide water – In the summer, your pet will naturally drink more water than usual. Make sure they always have plenty of clean water available, especially when you are out of the house. There are some great collapsible bowls for when you and your pet are on the go. Hiking anyone?
- Pets need shade – not a doghouse! If pets must be left outside during the day, hanging a tarp is a quick solution for a yard without tree cover. Unfortunately, a dog house can trap heat and become even hotter than outside.
- Avoid Asphalt – Hot asphalt can burn our pet’s feet - Consider walking your pet in the morning or evening to avoid the midday sunbaked asphalt.
- Trim haircut – Some dogs can benefit from a summer haircut, but they should never be shaved! Check with your vet to learn if you should trim your pet’s coat or not. Some long hair acts as a natural cooling system and daily brushing is the best advice.
If you detect any signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as excessive drooling/panting, red or blue gums/tongue, vomiting, lethargy, loss of consciousness, collapse and/or uncoordinated movements. If suspect your pet is at risk, contact your veterinarian immediately for medical care that may save your pet’s life.