The summer months in some parts of the world will always bring on the heat. For some humans; it’s a love it, or hate it deal. The same can be said for some furry pets that cannot tolerate the heat – and in some cases – it can be fatal to them. That is certainly the case with two widely owned pets: cats and dogs.
Here are a few tips:
- Always keep them hydrated. That means lots and LOTS of water available for them to drink.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. I know pets like dogs need to go out and get their exercise, but the last thing they need when there’s a heatwave outside is to run on a ground that may be possible to fry an egg with.
- Brush their coat regularly. This would help them shed some of that built-up winter fur that may add to their current discomfort during days with abominable heat. If you can manage it, also give them a haircut if possible.
- Use pet sunscreen or cooling vests. It’s an absolute must for those short bursts when dogs (and sometimes cats) absolutely need to go out to stretch their legs. But also keep in mind that even though they HAVE sunscreen or cooling vests, it’s not a good idea for them to stay out overly long.
- NEVER and I mean, NEVER, leave pets inside locked cars. It doesn’t matter if your car A/C is on and cranked to max, or your window is slightly open just enough to bring in air – you do not want the rare occasion where your car will die out unexpectedly or for the heat to take a turn for the worse, leaving the animal trapped in what will become an oven.
- Act immediately if you notice your pet is suffering from overheating. Despite the fact that you may have already done just about every precaution to keep them safe during hot weather days – but if they still somehow get overheated for some odd reason or other out of your control – take them to the nearest veterinarian ASAP. The longer you delay, they worse it may become. Always keep an eye out for them for signs of heatstroke.
Below, is a YouTube video by veterinarian Dr. Brownfield as she shares signs and the common causes of heatstroke in pets:
I hope you and your pets all stay safe!