Overheating, dehydration, and heat stroke can happen more easily when the temperature rises. Follow these tips to keep your pet comfortable and beat the heat.
- Never leave your pet in a parked car - even for just a few minutes! On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature can rapidly exceed 120° Fahrenheit. Read our blog on heat stroke to learn more.
- Always provide your pet with access to cool, fresh, clean water.
- Make sure outdoor pets have adequate shade options.
- Hot surfaces such as asphalt can cause your pet to get hot (and also can burn the paw pads).
- Keep dogs from over-exerting themselves or being over-exercised in the heat.
- Pets that are geriatric, overweight, have heart or lung disease, or are a breed with a flat face (Pugs, Bull-dogs, Persian cats, for example) should be kept indoors in air-conditioning as much as possible.
- Cooling outdoor pets off with supervised water activities can be fun, but be sure to take precautions. Not all dogs are good swimmers – flotation devices might be something to consider. Additionally, if your dog is swimming in a pool, do not allow him/ her to drink from the pool and rinse the dog off after swimming to remove the chemicals. Visit our page on water safety for more information.
Author: Dr. C. Noureddine, DVM, MS