Too Hot to Handle
Categories: Pet Tips
Think about it … how would you feel walking around in this heat wearing a fur coat all day? Dogs and cats don’t cool off like we do so we need to make sure they stay safe. Here are a few things to watch out for in the “dog days of summer:”
1) Hot cars! One of the biggest culprits is the car. Actually, it’s not the car to blame but the OWNER that leaves his or her pet in the car. You might as well consider it a mobile oven. If it’s 90 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rises to 109 degrees in just ten minutes. In thirty minutes it’s a scorching 124 degrees! Dogs die every summer because their owners leave them in the car to “run a quick errand” in a store. You never know when a 5 minute errand can turn into 20 minutes or more. Don’t risk it. Leave your pets at home if you’re going shopping!
2) Hot pavement. A good rule to follow is that if you can’t put your hand on it for longer than second or two, your dog certainly shouldn’t walk on it. Their paws are sensitive too. Imagine being forced to walk on hot coals with no way to get relief.
3) Sunburn. You need sunscreen and so do some dogs, especially if your dog was short, white fur. Slather on some doggie sunscreen to make sure that your pooch doesn’t get too pink.
4) Heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Pets can suffer from heat-related problems too! Warning signs include heavy panting, lethargy, vomiting and a sudden clumsiness. Avoid those peak heat times during the day and walk your pet in the early morning or late evening when it cools off some.
5) Outside pets. We recommend most pets always have access to the indoors here at the ADL. However, if you’re going to leave your pet outside make sure he/she has lots of shade and access to cool water. Keep in mind that what’s shady in the morning isn’t what’s shady in the evening, so you have to plan ahead for your pets. Also remember that dogs with shorter snouts, like bulldogs and pugs are in more danger of heat-related issues. if you don’t want them to have the run of your house, consider crating them for their safety and your piece of mind!
It is up to us to make sure that our pets are happy and healthy year-round. Let’s all make sure that our pets stay cool when the heat is on!