We treat our pets like family, just like you do, but unfortunately your pet is the one family member who can’t really tell you what he needs. Summer can be tough for a dog, who’s covered in fur from head to tail and can become overheated more easily than you might think—and it’s tough on cats and other pets as well.
Follow our tips to help keep your pets cool when temperatures go up and up this summer. And if you need to tune-up your air conditioner to keep you and Fluffy cooler this summer, contact us today!
General Tips for Pets and Extreme Heat
In general, it’s important to be aware that the heat affects your pet just as it affects you. It might affect your pet in a different way, and some animals actually enjoy the warmth, but it affects their bodies nonetheless. Some basic tips for pet safety and comfort in the heat:
- Never leave a pet in an enclosed vehicle in the heat.
- Do not leave your pets outside all day.
- Consider grooming your dog for a lighter fur coat for summer.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy panting and lethargic behavior could be signs of a problem.
- If you have an air conditioner, use it. Remember your pets when you leave the home for a day trip or for work, and reconsider shutting off the AC completely.
- Have a vet’s number available at all times and call right away if you think your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion.
Outdoor Tips for Dogs and Cats
If you have a pet that goes outdoors periodically, there are some things you need to know. First, remember that, just as you would not want to spend all day outdoors in the heat, neither does your pet. These tips can help your dog or cat stay safe and healthy outside this summer.
- Don’t let cats outdoors between the hours of 10am and 3pm.
- If your dog does need to be outside for prolonged periods, which we always recommend against, ensure there is a shady spot for lounging.
- Always leave water outside for dogs and cats.
- Test the pavement before you take an animal out for a walk. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. We recommend taking your pet for a walk in the early morning or evening hours.
- Purchase dog booties for daytime walks.
- If your dog seems anxious about being stuck inside, let him test the weather for himself. He’s likely to instinctually see that it’s important to go back inside.
Food, Water, and Shelter
As always, it’s important to ensure your pet always has access to food and water, but be sure to keep extra water around in the heat, including on walks. Consider giving your pet an ice cube or refrigerated water and cooler foods. For small animals like rabbits, vegetables can help naturally hydrate. If small pets are kept in outdoor hutches, be sure there’s always shade covering the top.
For air conditioning services in Palmetto Bay, FL from a team that cares about you and your pets, get in touch with Air On Demand.