How to Protect Your Pet in the Summer Heat

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Now that the weather has reached absolute scorching, we want to take a minute to share some important information on how to protect your pet in the summer heat.
It’s our responsibility as pet caregivers to ensure our pets’ health and safety to the best of our abilities.
We encourage you to take a moment to read over these safety tips and share them with other fellow pet parents.
Here’s to keeping our furry friends safe!

The Golden Rule

You’ve heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. Never ever leave your pet in the car without air conditioning in the summer. Can you imagine sitting in a car in the heat of summer with a winter coat on? If not, watch this video. Although there is no exact statistic on how many pets die from heat strokes in cars, it’s safe to say that there are too many unnecessary deaths each year. 
However, our pets tend to come everywhere with us, and pit stops are bound to occur. What happens if you need to run into the grocery store? Here’s what we recommend:

  • Keep the AC on and lock the doors (don’t forget your extra set of keys!).
  • Create a sign that says, “I’m okay and chillin’ in the AC. Mom or Dad will be back in 15 minutes or less.”
  • If you can, put sunshades on your windows.

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Protect their paws

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If you live in an urban area or walk your dog on asphalt during the hot summer months, consider booties or some sort of paw protection. The hot pavement can badly burn or blister your pet’s footpads.

 

Hydration

Make sure your pet has unlimited access to water at all times. No matter where you take your pet, always have a bowl and some water available for them if they need it. With their fur coats, they can get dehydrated rapidly.

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Make smart decisions

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Since our pets are our children, just remember to always have their comfort in mind. For instance, opt to go for walks during the cooler hours of the day and avoid bringing your pet to outdoor festivals or barbecues that may have little shade.

 

What to do if your pet is suffering from heat stroke

Unfortunately, heat stroke can occur even when you’ve followed all the rules. First, read up on the warning signs of heat stroke. Symptoms may include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, rapid panting, and reddened skin inside their ears.
If you suspect they’re suffering from heat stroke, immediately put them in a cold room, be sure there’s lots of air circulation, DON’T give them ice water, and call your veterinarian’s office.

Be sure to share these tips with your other pet parent friends!

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