Summer might seem like a great time for your pets to be outdoors, but warm weather can be dangerous for them. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure that your pets stay safe in the heat this season.
Limit Outdoor Time in the Heat
When it’s hot out, pets can end up getting heat exhaustion, which is a serious condition that can quickly become life-threatening without immediate treatment. Have pets play outside for short periods of time in the morning and evening on these days. If possible, have them stay inside during the middle part of the day, which is when the sun’s heat is strongest. Keep in mind that senior pets, pets with heart problems and pets with flat faces are at a higher risk of heat exhaustion. These pets should stay in air conditioned areas on hot days.
Watch for Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a dangerous condition that requires prompt care. Don’t leave pets outside unsupervised when it’s hot out, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as trouble breathing, rapid panting, weakness and a fast heart rate. Some pets might also experience seizures or vomit with this condition. You’ll need to seek emergency veterinary care if your pet has any signs of heat exhaustion.
Protect Your Pet’s Paws
Driveways, sidewalk surfaces and even sand at the beach can become hot enough to hurt your pet’s paws when it’s warm and sunny out. Have dogs walk on grass as much as possible rather than on concrete or asphalt surfaces.
Provide Plenty of Water
It doesn’t take long for pets to become dehydrated when they’re in the heat. Make sure that your pets always have access to cool, fresh water when they spend any amount of time outdoors in summer. They should also have water available at all times when they’re inside, especially if your home does not have air conditioning. Consider adding a few ice cubes to their water to keep it cool enough.
Never Leave Pets in Cars
Your pets should never stay in your car when it’s hot out. The temperature inside your car heats up rapidly, which can lead to heat exhaustion. Even with the air conditioning running or even if your car is in the shade, the interior still gets too hot for pets. Have your pets stay home when you’re out and about this summer.