Just thought I would share a few pointers regarding pet care during the summer months –
- Never leave your dog in the car. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows slightly opened can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes.
- Always have fresh, cool water available. Dogs love ice cubes!
- Using fans and keeping your curtains closed can help keep the cool air inside.
- Limit exercise, find shady areas, and walk with caution.
o If it seems warm during our mid-day walks, we’ll be sure to take it easy – nothing too strenuous, and head inside if it’s too much. Playtime can always happen inside as well!
- Cool your pets off with water! I often do this with the pups on warm days. I just run a towel under cold water, and wipe them down.
- Asphalt can get super-hot, so keep them on grass or dirt as much as possible, and don’t let them linger on the cement for long. You can always check it with your hands. If it’s hot on your hands, it’s too hot for their paws!
- Last, but not least, know the warning signs of overheating: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart & respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, etc., and don’t hesitate to take them to the vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Stay safe, stay cool and happy trails!