With the summer finally rolling around and the temperatures getting warmer, it is great to be spending time outdoors with family, friends, and of course your pets! But higher temperatures can also mean higher risks for your dog or cat such as more injuries, more skin or ear infections, and the possibility of heatstroke.
Pets do not sweat in the same way humans do and can easily become overheated which is why it is important to remember to make your pets’ safety a priority. Here are some tips to keep in mind to enjoy the summer season safely with your pet:
Never Leave Your Pet in a Parked Car
On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can increase rapidly to dangerous levels. For example, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes! That is hot enough to cause irreversible organ damage or death. It can also take less than 10 minutes for dogs or cats to develop heatstroke inside a hot vehicle.
Abundant Water & Shade
On hot days, it is very easy for your pets to become dehydrated. Dogs get much thirstier than humans do when they get hot so it is important for you to ensure your pet has access to ample fresh water both inside the house and outdoors. When outdoors, keep your pets in the shade as often as possible because direct sunlight can overheat your pets (especially dogs) and lead to heatstroke.
Watch for Signs of Heatstroke
There are many obvious signs of heatstroke including heavy panting, dry gums, thick drool, glazed eyes, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst dizziness, lack of coordination, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. Some breeds of dogs will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat –like boxers, pugs, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles.
Apply Pet-Safe Sunscreen
Your pets are also susceptible to sunburn especially those with short or light hair coats. If you are planning to spend a day out in the sun with your pet, be sure to apply sunscreen every 3-4 hours to the least hair-covered spots like the belly, ears, and nose. Be sure to use a sunscreen made specifically for pets.
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