Summertime is a great season for enjoying the outdoors, especially for pet owners. Warmer temperatures mean getting out and doing the extracurricular activities that we look forward to all year – like hiking, swimming, walking, bike rides. But the warmer temperatures present a risk for us – and our pets. Just as we are susceptible to heat stroke, so are our furry friends. Car travel always gets mentioned this time of year, but do you know how quickly a parked car can get dangerously hot? In 10 minutes, an unventilated car can get 20 degrees hotter than the outside air temperature. Meaning, on a nice 70 degree day, the inside of your parked car jumps to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. In the Summer days of 90 degrees, the inside of that parked car jumps to 110 degrees in 10 minutes, putting your pet at risk of heat stroke. After 30 minutes in a parked car, the temperature escalates 35-40 degrees hotter than the outside air, making it extremely dangerous or even deadly for your pet. Please plan your trips carefully when bringing your pet along for the adventure. Here are some other warm weather safety tips for dogs and cats:
- Keep a water bowl outside for your pet and refresh it often – There’s nothing quite like a cool drink on a hot day, and that goes double for your pets. Bring a water bowl outside when you let your pet out. Refreshing the bowl with more cool water and ice cubes can encourage them to drink more, and avoid overheating. Make sure their water is cool and inviting to drink.
- Got it “Wade in the Shade” – On particularly warm days, you may want to keep a wading pool (or kiddie pool) in a shady part of the yard with some cool water. Your pup will be ever so grateful and so will their paw pads!
- Short noses, short breath – Brachycephalic breeds, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boxers, present a higher risk of overheating. While their short noses make the cutest faces and snorkel noises, they also have shorter breath and cannot cool off as easily, or as quickly, as other breeds. Keep a close eye on your short nosed friends.
- Lay off the High Heat – Wait for the cooler parts of the day to do larger or more exerting activities with your pet. Do your best to avoid the highest temperatures of the day. If you have an exercise routine, you can include your pet, but only if they are already used to it. Doing too much (or something unfamiliar) when it’s too hot can lead to overheating very quickly.
- Brush your Cat DAILY – Giving your cat a good brushing can help control excess shedding in the Summer months. Even better, it can help avoid excess hairballs! Help your cat maintain their coat on a daily basis. If your cat does feel hot, try rubbing a cold compress on their tummy, paw pads, outside of their ears, under their chin, and arm pits. These tend to be their warmest points.
- Summer Sanctuary – While temperatures soar outside, keep it dark and cool inside. Draw the curtains and shudder the blinds. Some cats will also like a cool tub or sink to lay in, or a nice dark closet. Keep water bowls full and fresh. Provide an indoor retreat for your furry friends.
Treats Unleashed is always happy to be your pet’s Summer Sanctuary! Stop by on a walk or car ride for a cool drink and a complimentary treat for your pet.