Make Sure Your Pet’s Staying Cool this Summer

You can find plenty of ways to keep yourself cool on hot summer days, but your pet has to rely on you to make sure they’re comfortable and safe. With their fur coats and limited sweating ability, our pets are much more vulnerable to high temperatures, and can succumb to heatstroke much more quickly. Read on for tips to keep your pet healthy and cool as a cucumber during the summer months.

Summer Pet Safety Tips

  • If the day is exceedingly hot, keep your pet inside where they’ll have air conditioning and a cool floor to lay on
  • If your pet has to be outdoors for any reason, make sure they have enough shade, shelter from the elements, and plenty of fresh clean water always available. Even better if you happen to have a shallow pool sitting around—you can turn it into a wading pool for your pet to use!
  • Never take your pet on errands with you if you have to leave them in the car. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows rolled down will not keep the interior of your car cool enough. In fact, the interior can skyrocket from 70 to 90 degrees in just a few minutes! Many pets have perished after being left in sweltering hot vehicles, so avoid this risk completely and keep your pet at home.
  • You can get a cooling bed for your pet to lay on if your air conditioning isn’t working, and make sure to keep fans blowing to circulate the air.
  • Make sure your pet is vaccinated and taking monthly parasite preventatives to protect them from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and harmful bacteria.
  • Don’t let your pet drink out of standing puddles of water, swimming pools, ponds, or lakes. Chlorine can make them sick, and puddles, lakes, and ponds are full of bacteria and parasites.
  • Keep cleaning supplies, pesticides, and fertilizers out of your pet’s reach.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke can affect your pet when you least expect it, so be sure to keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Labored panting/breathing
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Elevated temperature
  • Rapid, irregular heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

Please call us immediately if your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above. Heatstroke can be fatal, so every minute counts! You can reach us at (708) 448-6600.