With the warm season rapidly approaching, you may have already began purchasing summer wardrobes for yourself and the kids as well as started preparing your home for the hot days ahead. But what about your furry friends? They need protection from the heat, too, so here are 11 tips and tricks for keeping them as cool and comfortable as possible.
1. Provide ample water. Clean, cool water is essential for pet health and safety during hot days. You may have to change water bowls several times during particularly strong heat waves.
2. Neither dogs nor cats can regulate their body temperatures as well as humans can, so watch for excessive panting on their part. Remember that they don’t perspire the way that we do
3. Save exercise for when temperatures are cooler. Romping on hot days may very well end with a trip to the vet’s office.
4. Keeping domestic pets indoors when temperatures rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit will keep them safe and comfortable.
5. For pets that love to splash in cool water when it’s warm, a child’s wading pool filled with water might be a fun summer afternoon or evening pastime. Some pets also love to play in lawn sprinklers.
6. Avoid hot surfaces such as sidewalks and sand. Your pet’s feet can sustain serious burns from walking on them. If walking on these surfaces can’t be helped, investing in insulated booties will protect your furry friend’s feet.
7. Don’t leave pets unattended in vehicles in hot days. Even with a window cracked, this practice simply isn’t safe and is actually illegal in some areas. Leave your pets home whenever the outdoor temperatures rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
8. Those who live in very hot climates can purchase pet-cooling products such as body wraps to ensure the comfort of their furry friends. Although these are effective tools in the fight against summer heat, you should check with your vet before using them.
9. Heat isn’t the only thing that can cause pet distress during the summer months — if you’re taking your pet along with you on a summer camping trip, keep in mind that it may become lost and confused in unfamiliar surroundings. Keeping it on a leash will prevent tragedy from occurring.
10. Many pets become lost and confused in their own neighborhoods when Fourth of July celebrations include loud fireworks. Keep your pet safely at home during noisy celebrations, and make certain that doors and windows are firmly closed. Many animals will give in to the instinct to run as far as possible from loud noises.
11. Depending on where you live, you may need to deal with pet pests such as fleas and ticks. It’s important to always check your pet for ticks after coming in from outdoors and to use an effective tick and flea formula.