The sun and heat can be deadly to pets just as much as it can be to humans. Here are some tips on how to keep your pets extra safe when the temperatures outside start to rise!
Don’t leave your pets in your vehicle!
The inside of any vehicle can reach unbearable temperatures that can quickly kill your pet within minutes! Do not ever attempt to leave your pet inside your car for even a minute! Consider going through a drive-thru if possible, picking pet-friendly places to bring your pet to, or have a friend with you who can stay in the your car with your pet with the AC on. If you can’t do either, it’s best to just leave your pets home.
Hot sidewalks and asphalt can burn paws
Even at 70 degrees, the asphalt temperatures can reach 125 degrees!
During hot temperatures, asphalt can turn into a skillet and burn your pet’s feet. If you’re unsure, touch the asphalt with your hand for a few seconds to check how hot it is. If it’s hot for you, then it’s hot for them! Consider walking your dog in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Try to keep your pet in a grassy area during hot temperatures. You can also purchase dog boots that are made specifically to protect your dog’s feet from hot surfaces. There is also a paw wax that you can apply to their paws to help protect their feet from the heat.
Provide lots of shade & water
Please limit your pet’s outdoor time during extreme weather conditions. Always provide plenty of fresh cool water to stay hydrated and shaded areas for your pet to keep cool. A cooling pad can also help them cool down. If you’re dog loves water, consider providing a kiddie pool for them to soak in. If there is a heat advisory, it’s best to keep your pets indoors in the air condition!
Signs of dehydration or heatstroke
We recommend keeping pets indoors as much as possible. Especially during hot summer days and during any extreme weather conditions. Remember, some pets are more prone to heatstroke and dehydration such as younger pets, seniors, pets with thick coats, short-nosed breeds, animals with heart issues and other medical conditions. If you’re outside with your dog, keep an eye on them! The following symptoms can be signs of dehydration or heat stroke:
- Excessive panting
- Dry nose
- Reddened gums
- Rapid heart rate
- Wobbly when walking
- Sunken or dry eyes