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  • Writer's pictureShaela Pizzulo

Summer Weather Safety For Pets

Taking An In-Depth Look Into The Best Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe During The Summer Weather And Temperatures

Summer is a season filled with outdoor adventures, longer days, and plenty of sunshine. While it's a fantastic time for us to enjoy the great outdoors, it's important to remember that our pets also need special care during the hot months. Here are some essential tips to keep your furry friends safe and happy all summer long.

Keeping pets hydrated
Keeping pets hydrated

Hydration Is Essential

Just like humans, pets can get dehydrated quickly in the heat. This is especially true for dogs and cats as they don’t sweat the way people do. Therefore, they are more at risk of overheating and heat stroke. 

During the hot summer months, ensure they have constant access to fresh, clean water. Consider adding a few ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cool. Additionally, try putting multiple water bowls around the house and refresh them at least twice a day.  When you're out for a walk or playing at the park, carry a portable water bottle and bowl for your pet.

Also, be sure to keep a close eye out for signs of dehydration in your pets. Signs of dehydration in pets include excessive panting, dry nose & gums, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

Avoid The Hottest Parts Of The Day

The sun is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, try to keep your pets indoors or in the shade. Plan walks and playtime for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Remember, hot pavement can burn your pet's paws. Test the pavement with your hand; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.

Additionally, the Madison Animal Care Hospital reports that walking your dog in temps over 77 degrees Fahrenheit can be risky. This is because dogs are at a higher risk of developing heatstroke in these high temperatures. Also, take into consideration the levels of humidity when walking your dog as this can also contribute to heatstroke. Always check the weather forecast before taking your dog for your walk and adjust accordingly. 

Never leave pets in a parked car
Never leave pets in a parked car

Never Leave Pets In a Parked Car

Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a parked car can rise rapidly, reaching dangerous levels within minutes. This can lead to heatstroke or even death. If you need to run errands, it's best to leave your pets at home where it's cool and safe.

Additionally, be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke in pets. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, weakness or collapsing, and rapid heartbeat.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool area, offer water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Provide Shade And Ventilation

When outside, ensure your pet has access to plenty of shade and a cool place to rest. This could be under a tree, a canopy, or a specially designed pet tent. Additionally, fans, cooling mats, and elevated cooling beds can help keep your pets more comfortable.

Grooming and coat care
Grooming and coat care

Grooming And Coat Care

Regular grooming helps your pets stay cool. For dogs with thick coats, consider a trim to help them manage the heat better. However, never shave your pet down to the skin as this can increase the risk of sunburn. For cats, regular brushing can reduce the amount of fur they shed and prevent them from overheating. 

For more information about summer dog grooming, click here. For more information about summer cat grooming, click here.  

Watch Out For Pests

Summer brings out fleas, ticks, and other pests that can harm your pet. Ensure your pet is on a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention program. Check your pet regularly for signs of pests and promptly remove any you find. For more information about flea & tick prevention for pets, click here

Doggy exercise
Doggy exercise

Be Cautious With Exercise

While exercise is important, overexertion in the heat can be dangerous. Keep sessions short and monitor your pet closely. Watch for signs of fatigue and take breaks in shaded areas. Swimming can be a great way for dogs to cool down and get exercise, but always supervise them around water.

Safe Socializing

Summer is a great time for socializing at dog parks and outdoor events. But, make sure these environments are safe and not too crowded to prevent stress and overheating. Always have water and a shady spot for your pet to retreat to as well.

Protect Paws And Skin

Hot surfaces like asphalt and sand can burn your pet's paws. Protective booties can help, but always check the ground temperature before heading out. Additionally, pets with light-colored noses or thin coats can be prone to sunburn. Pet-safe sunscreen can be applied to vulnerable areas. For more information about pet-safe sunscreen, click here

Fireworks display
Fireworks display

Fireworks And Storms

Summer often means fireworks and thunderstorms, which can be terrifying for pets. Therefore, we recommend creating a safe space indoors where your pet feels secure. This can be a spare room or finished basement that is relatively soundproof.

Additionally, use calming aids like pheromone diffusers, cbd oil, or background music to help keep your pets as calm as possible during fireworks or storms. In severe cases, consult your veterinarian for anxiety treatments if needed. 

A Fun And Safe Summer

Summer can be a wonderful time for you and your pets if you take the necessary precautions to keep them safe. By ensuring they stay hydrated, cool, and protected from the sun and pests, you'll help them enjoy the season to the fullest. Always pay attention to your pet's behavior and health, and don't hesitate to seek veterinary advice if you notice any signs of distress. Stay safe and have a fantastic summer with your furry friends!

A professional dog walker & pet sitter
A professional dog walker & pet sitter

Hire A Dog Walker & Pet Sitter This Summer!

Looking for a pet sitter or dog walker? Then, look no further than Care Fur Pawz convenient and reliable pet care. We are an in-home pet sitting and dog walking business located in the Aurora, Colorado area. We offer a wide variety of in-home pet sitting, dog walking, and dog training services. 

For more information about our pet sitting & dog walking services, check out our website by clicking here or give us a call at 720-500-7299. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friends!

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