Summer is a season many look forward to. I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream, vacations, beach time, and grilling? But, it’s also a time for high temperatures and oppressing humidity. You probably have a go-to list of ways to keep yourself more comfortable when it gets hot, but have you thought about Spot?
Summer Safety Basics
Never Leave Pets In Parked Cars: Never, ever leave your pet in a parked car. Even if the car is running and the air conditioner is on, it’s not safe. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise 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.
Watch The Humidity: Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association says, “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."
Limit Exercise On Hot Days: We know you love to burn calories with your furry friend by your side, but on super hot days you have to take it easy. You should adjust your routine’s intensity and duration in accordance with the temperature. Limit your exercising time to the early morning or evening hours. Be aware that pets with white-colored ears are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed dogs typically have more difficulty breathing in the heat. Asphalt also heats up fast, so on super hot days, walk your pooch on the grass if possible. Also, always carry water with you for both you and Fido!
Fans Don’t Work: A fan may help you feel cooler, but it won’t really help your dog. Dogs sweat primarily through their feet, so fans just don’t cool them off as effectively as they do people.
Keep You Pooch Cool: When outdoors with your pet, make sure there’s plenty of shade and fresh, cold water. On super hot days, add ice to the water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are best, as they don’t obstruct air flow. And steer clear of the doghouse! They actually trap hot air and get very hot! When inside, you can keep your pet cool with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat. If your dog enjoys baths, consider giving he or she a nice, cooling soak. You can also make doggy-safe popsicles for your pup!
Signs Of Heatstroke And What To Do: Humans can get heatstroke, and so can dogs. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salvation, vomiting, seizure, unconsciousness, and the tongue turning a deep red or purple color. Animals particularly at risk for heatstroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. If you think your pup is suffering from heatstroke, move him or her into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to his head, neck, and chest, and run cool (not cold!) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Most importantly, call you vet!
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