Pet care in the heat

  1. Provide plenty of water: Make sure your pets have access to fresh and clean water at all times. Keep multiple water bowls in different areas of your home or yard, especially if you have multiple pets. Consider using a pet water fountain to keep the water cool and flowing.
  2. Create a cool environment: Keep your pets indoors during the hottest parts of the day. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, use fans or provide access to a cool and well-ventilated area. You can also use damp towels or cooling mats for your pets to lie on.
  3. Avoid hot surfaces: Asphalt and concrete can become scorching hot and burn your pet’s paws. Walk your pets on grass or shaded areas instead. If you’re unsure, place your hand on the surface for a few seconds to test if it’s too hot for your pet to walk on.
  4. Limit exercise during peak heat: Avoid strenuous exercise or walks during the hottest times of the day. Opt for early mornings or evenings when temperatures are cooler. Keep an eye on your pet for signs of exhaustion, such as excessive panting, lethargy, or disorientation.
  5. Provide shade: If your pets spend time outdoors, make sure they have access to shaded areas. Set up a canopy, use trees, or create a covered space where they can seek refuge from the sun. Ensure proper ventilation to prevent heat buildup.
  6. Never leave pets in a parked car: Even with windows cracked open, temperatures inside a parked car can rise rapidly and become life-threatening for pets. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, even for a short period.
  7. Grooming: Regularly brush your pets to remove excess fur and help with heat regulation. However, avoid shaving or trimming their coat too short, as fur offers some protection against the sun’s rays. Consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer for guidance on your pet’s specific needs.
  8. Watch for signs of heatstroke: Heatstroke is a serious condition and can be fatal. Watch for symptoms such as heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, drooling, weakness, vomiting, or collapse. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cool place, apply cool (not cold) water to their body, and seek veterinary care immediately.
  9. Frozen treats: Provide your pets with frozen treats like ice cubes, frozen fruits, or specially made pet-friendly frozen treats. This can help keep them cool and hydrated.

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