Keep Your Pet Safe in Hot Weather

Updated on November 9, 2022

Here are some things you can do to prevent your pet from overheating this summer.

Here are some things you can do to prevent your pet from overheating this summer.

Give your pet enough of clean water to drink at all times. For reference, each dog should have access to one gallon of water each day, while each cat should have access to half a gallon. Make sure your pet has a cool place to go in the shade if they have to spend a lot of time outside.

You can assist ensure your pet’s health and comfort this summer by following these guidelines.
It’s important to keep your pet’s temperature down by avoiding strenuous exercise.
Just as you would not want your pet to be exposed to temperatures above a certain threshold, neither would they be suitable for them. Extreme heat, such as that which occurs when the thermometer hits the 90s, is harmful to your pet. Heatstroke is fatal for pets like dogs and cats when the temperature rises too high. Heatstroke is characterised by excessive sweating, drooling, a high core body temperature, and nausea and vomiting. Pets at danger of heatstroke should be rushed to the clinic immediately.

It’s best to keep your pet indoors during the hottest parts of the day.

 

If you must take them out, do so in the wee hours of the morning or the cool of the evening. Do not overexert your pet because this will increase their body temperature.

If your pet isn’t already receiving heartworm prevention medicine annually, it’s important to have them checked at their next annual checkup.
Infected dogs with heartworms have a lower heat tolerance than their healthy counterparts.

Just as you would not want your pet to be exposed to temperatures above a certain threshold, neither would they be suitable for them. If the temperature outside is over 90 degrees, it may be best to bring your pet indoors. Don’t take them out until absolutely necessary, and even then, try to do it when the temperature is lower (like first thing in the morning or late at night). And fresh water should never be in short supply for them.

Watch out for these overheated warning signs:

 

Drooling or heavy breathing
High internal temperature
Vomiting
Difficulty with breathing
Acceleration of the heartbeat
Insufficiency; utter collapse
Seizures, bloody diarrhoea, and vomiting may also accompany a high temperature of over 40 degrees Celsius.

Flat-faced animals, such as pugs and Persian cats, require particular care.
It’s more difficult for them to cool down because they can’t pant as effectively as other breeds. To add insult to injury, dogs with short noses like pugs and bulldogs are more vulnerable to heatstroke since they can’t efficiently pant to cool themselves.

Avoid having your dog drink from swimming pools by keeping them properly fenced in.
Chlorine and other chemicals are toxic and should never be ingested.

It’s acceptable to clip your dog’s lengthy hair.

 

It’s not a good idea to shave your dog completely bare in the heat. Shaving decreases their coat’s natural UV protection, which can lead to sunburn, hyperthermia, and even skin cancer. Leave at least an inch of fur on the dog’s body if you must shave it.

If you can, try to avoid taking your dog for walks on the street.
Especially when the sun is shining. Since your pet will be lying on the tar, its heat will swiftly radiate up through their body and burn their paws.

Put booties on your dog’s feet if you must walk on scorching pavement, or better yet, walk on the grass.

Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car.

 

Because of the risk of heatstroke caused by the greater temperatures inside a car. It’s also against the law in a lot of places.

Never, ever leave your pet in a parked car, no matter how brief the time. Even if it’s only 73 degrees outside, the interior of a car can become over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) in just 25 minutes.

Excessive heat can be harmful to pets. Heatstroke is fatal for pets like dogs and cats when the temperature rises too high. Heatstroke is characterised by excessive sweating, drooling, a high core body temperature, and nausea and vomiting. Pets at danger of heatstroke should be rushed to the clinic immediately. Most animals do well after receiving therapy. However, heatstroke is lethal if it goes untreated.

Extra measures to take to protect your pet from the heat:

 

You can assist ensure your pet’s health and comfort this summer by following these guidelines.

Try giving them some icy treats or putting ice in their water dish.
Put them through their paces in a swimming competition
Apply some soothing aloe vera gel or lotion and give them a relaxing massage.
Set up a fan in their cage or room (but don’t leave it unattended).
Don’t let them get too cold by keeping the air conditioning on low and the windows open.
Use the backyard sprinklers or a hose to spray them off with cold water (but avoid using a power washer as the noise can scare them)
If you want to keep your pet comfortable, use a cooling pad or bed made especially for them.
Instead of three substantial meals a day, feed them six smaller ones.
So that they can maintain their fluid balance, you should include some moist foods in their diet.

Walk them in the cool of the morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day.

 

Give them lots of cool water to drink, and make sure there’s always someplace to rest in the shade.
If you live in a warm climate, you may want to consider purchasing a cooling vest or scarf for your pet. For dogs with short hair or none at all, they are a must-have.
Keeping your pet cool can also be accomplished by giving it frequent cool-water baths. This will assist get rid of any allergens, such as dust or pollen, that might be bothering them. In addition, this is a great time to examine your skin for symptoms of discomfort, insect bites, or other issues.
Keep your pet cool and comfortable if you must spend time outside with it during the heat. The first thing you should do is provide them with constant shelter and enough of cool water to drink. Keep them active by taking them for walks in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are more bearable. It may also be a good idea to invest in a cooling vest or scarf for your pet to wear on hot days. For dogs with short hair or none at all, they are a must-have.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

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