Practice Basic Summer Safety

Never leave your pets in a parked car

On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.

Watch the humidity

“Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.”

Limit exercise on hot days

Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Dog with glasses - Summer heat tips

Provide ample shade and water

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Tree shade and tents  are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow.

Cool your pet inside and out

Always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.. You can also help your pet chill out by using a Chill Bone that you put in the freezer and provides hours of fantastic frosty fun. We have these in a variety of sizes, so stop in today and make sure you are stocked up for those hot summer days.

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst and lethargy. Animals at particular risk for heat stroke are the very old, very young, overweight. Some breeds of dogs—like bulldogs, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles are also at higher risk of heat stroke.

 

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