Since pets have to wear fur coats year-round, we put together some tips to keep your pets cool this summer.
Exercise Your Pet Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Since most pets need some kind of exercise, don’t get them moving in the middle of the day when the heat is at its high. Early mornings or late evening are better since the temps are cooler then.
Keep them Hydrated
Make sure your pets have water available to them all day. You can even drop a few ice cubes in their water before you leave to make sure it stays cool.
When you’re out walking your pet, make sure to carry a bottle of water in the event dehydration kicks in. Remember that overweight pets are at higher risk for dehydration.
Watch out for signs of Dehydration
Since animals have those fur coats and don’t sweat like we do, check them for sluggishness and bloodshot eyes. If you have a dog or a cat, lift the skin above their shoulders and see how fast it falls back into place. It will fall back into place slower if they are dehydrated.
Reduce their Heat Intake
Keep the blinds closed inside and try not to leave heat-generating appliances on in the house. Pets with darker coats absorb more light so if your pet has dark fur, you might be more conscious about how much sunlight is hitting them.
Never Leave a Pet in the Car
This one is worth repeating. In summer, car interiors can reach over 100 degrees which can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Make sure you’re not leaving your furry ones in the car while that sun is out.
If your pet is having trouble breathing and/or looks to be losing consciousness, head to the vet or nearest emergency clinic immediately. If you have further concerns regarding your pet’s health, make sure to seek a professional diagnosis.