Soaring Heat and How to Keep Safe

02 Jul Soaring Heat and How to Keep Safe

The summer is heating up and it may get uncomfortable — even dangerous—for pets and people. As temperatures increase and humidity kicks in things can get tough in areas that are experiencing intense heat.

Being summer safe is very important. While the heat is rising — we are here to help.

We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy while hot.

            Slow cooking in the oven

Never leave your pets in the car. Not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels.

            Concentrated water vapor present in the air — Humidity

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.

Taking a dog’s temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs’ temperatures should not reach over 104 degrees and normal body temperature for dogs’ is 101 – 102.5.

             Stay fit — but only for a little bit

Mornings and nights. Keep it simple. Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. Keep in mind asphalt is hot and you don’t want their paws getting burnt — walk your dog on grass if possible. Carry water to keep your dog hydrated.

             Not the same as you

If you’re hot you will find a way to cool off. Dogs’ respond differently to the heat then humans. For instance, dogs sweat primarily though their feet. So relying on the AC or fans may not be enough.

              Take cover

If your dogs’ are outside be sure to provide plenty of shade and fresh cold water (and ice on those heatwave kind of days). The dog house is not shade — it’s actually more like an oven. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow.

               Inside and out

Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat. Oh, popsicles work well too!

Be prepared — for your pets.

 

 



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