Caring for Your Pet in the Summer Heat
Summertime is a time when many people like to enjoy the outdoors and soak up some of the summer sun. It’s also a time when you need to ask yourself these questions: Do you wear sunscreen? Are you drinking plenty of water? Are you conscious of the amount of time exposed to the sun? Then, as you take precautions to protect yourself and your family, you should also remember to take precautions to protect your pet from the same summer heat.
Your pet deserves to be taken care of and spared from the heat and possible exhaustion that could result. With the following simple tips, you can keep your pet healthier and happier throughout the summer:
- Never leave your pet in a hot car. Pets react to extreme heat and they are as prone to heat exhaustion. So, just as you wouldn’t leave a child in a hot vehicle, you should also never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle, even for just 10 minutes.
- Provide plenty of fresh water. This is key to your pet’s survival throughout the heat of the summer. Pets need to be cooled inside and out. Giving them some ice water to cool them down on the inside is a great way to cool them down in the summer heat. Toss some ice cubes in their water bowl for a quick cool down.
- Beware of hot surfaces. For dogs and cats specifically, their paws are extremely sensitive to the elements. Choose to walk your pets in the cooler times of the day, in the morning or evening. To test a hot surface, do the hand test. Place the back of your hand on the surface for 5 seconds and if it is too hot to handle, it is too hot for your pet.
- Never rely on a fan. The Humane Society says, “Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet. Simple fans will not cool off pets as effectively as they do people.”
- Provide shade accessibility. Who doesn’t like sitting in the shade to escape the sun on a hot day? Well, your pets can benefit from shade, too. Make sure that wherever your pet is outside, they have shade. This will help keep them cooler and keep them from constant exposure to the overbearing sun.
Remember this simple rule when your pet is outside: If it seems hot to you, it is much hotter for your pet.
Keeping yourself and your pet cool this summer can help keep you both healthy and protected against heat exhaustion. Let the experts at The Grounds Guys help you select landscaping and trees that are pet friendly and provide needed shade during the scorching summer months.